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BJP parliamentary board decided on poll candidates: Fadnavis

Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday said it was the central parliamentary board which decided to deny poll tickets to some ministers and party leaders, and the BJP s state unit had no say in fielding candidates for the October elections. The parliamentary board is the BJP s top decision- making body. Fadnavis has been criticised over denial of tickets to former ministers like Vinod Tawde, Chandrashekhar Bawankule, and Prakash Mehta for the October 21 assembly polls, a decision, some say, led to the loss of many seats. The BJP s tally came down to 105 in 2019 from 122 in 2014. Fadnavis admitted that not giving ticket to Bawankule, a prominent Teli community leader from Vidarbha, hurt the party in the region. The BJP had won 122 seats in the 2014 assembly polls when it contested against the Shiv Sena Sena, the NCP and the Congress. Several sitting ministers lost the elections in 2019, while others won with thin margins. Speaking to Marathi daily ..

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