BJP's Gadkari, Congress' Chavan, BBM's Ambedkar file nominations
Nagpur/Mumbai: Union minister Nitin Gadkari Monday filed his nomination for the Nagpur Lok Sabha seat, where polls will be held on April 11.
Gadkari, who had defeated Vilas Muttemwar (Congress) in the 2014 elections by a margin of 2.84 lakh votes, said he will win with a bigger margin this time around.
"This time, I will win with a bigger margin. People have a good opinion of the work done by the Narendra Modi-led government in the last five years. Our government did more than (was promised) in the poll manifesto," Gadkari told reporters.
The BJP veteran was accompanied by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Energy minister Chandrashekar Bawankule, family members and a large number of party
workers, while filing his nomination.
"Your support and love is the biggest strength for us," Gadkari said. Fadnavis said Gadkari will register a "historic win" from Nagpur.
"He will create a record in Maharashtra," the chief minister said, adding that the "BJP-Shiv Sena combine would win 45 of the 48 Lok Sabha seats in the state. Shiv Sena's Krupal Tumane, sitting MP from Ramtek (SC) seat, also filed his nomination for the Ramtek seat.Nana Patole of Congress, who will take on Gadkari in Nagpur, and former IAS officer Kishor Gajbhiye, pitted against Tumane from Ramtek, also filed their nominations later in the day. Patole claimed Nagpur and Ramtek seats were Congress bastions, and said he would defeat Gadkari comfortably.
State Congress chief Ashok Chavan filed his nomination from the Nanded constituency.
Meanwhile, Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh leader Prakash Ambedkar, who has formed the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi along with AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi, filed nomination from Solapur seat.