Chhota Rajan’s Brother to Contest Maha Polls on BJP Ally’s Ticket

Deepak Nikalje, brother of jailed underworld don Chhota Rajan will contest from Phaltan Assembly constituency.

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Chhota Rajan’s brother Deepak Nikalje with RPI chief Ramdas Athawale.
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The Republican Party of India (A), an ally of the ruling BJP, has fielded Deepak Nikalje, brother of jailed underworld don Chhota Rajan, from Phaltan Assembly constituency in Western Maharashtra.

The RPI, led by Union minister Ramdas Athawale, has been given six seats as part of the seat-sharing deal between the BJP, Shiv Sena and other smaller allies for the 21 October state elections.

Athawale announced the candidates in Mumbai on Wednesday, 3 October.

Nikalje, who has been with the RPI for several years, had earlier unsuccessfully fought assembly elections from Chembur in Mumbai on the party’s ticket.

"This time he expressed willingness to fight the election from Phaltan since he hails from that area and has a good network there," said a senior RPI leader.

Other five seats where RPI would be fielding candidates are Malshiras in Solapur district, Bhandara and Naigaon in Nanded district, Pathri in Parbhani and Mankhurd- Shivaji Nagar in Mumbai.

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