Mumbai to witness three-way contest

The fledgling but headline-grabbing Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has fielded candidates from all 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra providing voters an option to the Sena-BJP, and Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliances.

Fielding respected faces like Medha Patkar, AAP has also fielded upper-crust members from Mumbai’s seats. Former banker Meera Sanyal will battle Congress sitting MP Milind Deora, Sena’s Arvind Sawant, and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena's (MNS) Bala Nandgaonkar in Mumbai constituency.

Social activist Medha Patkar will fight against 'always in the news' BJP’s ex-MP Kirit Somaiya, NCP’s Sanjay Dina Patil, and SP’s Raees Shaikh. AAP’s Mumbai convener Mayank Gandhi will contest against Congress sitting MP Gurudas Kamat, Shiv Sena’s Gajanan Kirtikar, and filmmaker Mahesh Manjrekar from the MNS.

Noted jurist Nani Palkhivala’s lawyer son Phiroze Palkhiwala entering the arena has made the Mumbai North Central constituency a three-cornered contest where Congress MP Priya Dutt will take the challenge from Pramod Mahajan’s daughter Poonam Mahajan.

AAP’s Maharashtra convener Anjali Damania will take on BJP’s Nitin Gadkari from Nagpur Lok Sabha seat and soft-spoken Vijay Pandhare, the former chief engineer in water resources department who opened the  lid on the multi-crore irrigation scam in Maharashtra, will take on NCP’s powerful minister Chhagan Bhujbal in Nashik.

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