The Congress has fielded former MP Rajni Patil as its candidate for the October 4 by-election to the Rajya Sabha seat from Maharashtra, leaving many strong contenders disappointed.
This by-election is being held on the seat that fell vacant after the death of sitting MP Rajiv Satav due to Kovid-19 in May.
62-year-old Rajni Patil, considered close to the Gandhi family, has effectively beaten several senior candidates such as former chief ministers Prithviraj Chavan, Mukul Wasnik, Avinash Pandey, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Rajiv Shukla and even Satav’s widow Pragya, who Recently was appointed state party vice-president.
Rajni, who hails from Pune, has previously been the party’s Himachal Pradesh in-charge and is currently in charge of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi has approved the candidature of Rajni Patil as the Congress candidate for the by-elections to the Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra.
Rajini is expected to win easily, as the Congress is in alliance with the Shiv Sena and the Nationalist Congress Party in the Maha Vikas Aghadi government led by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. The party has 44 members in the assembly. After winning, Rajini will continue to be a Rajya Sabha member till April 2026.
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