Maharashtra Legislative Council polls are scheduled for today 10th June 2010. Every major party in Maharashtra is on tenterhooks as it fears poaching of its legislators by the rival parties.
None of the parties seem to have enough support in hand, and hence they have been wooing the 24 independent legislators, other smaller parties and also the 13 legislators from MNS. It’d be interesting to see who does Raj Thackrey’s MNS votes for. A few weeks back, news reports suggested that the Thackrey brothers have finally patched things up and may join hands soon. If Raj’s MNS does vote for Shive Sena or BJP, it’d come as a big blow to the Cong-NCP combine, who are counting heavily on MNS votes.
Reports suggest that the ruling NCP-Congress coalition has gone to the extent of offering Raj a revoke of the suspension of 4 of its MLA’s if MNS supported them for the Maharashtra Legislative Council polls. NCP-Congress has also been talking to the other smaller parties, assuring them of funds for their constituencies. The Samajwadi party has already declared the support of its 3 votes for the Congress-NCP.
Meanwhile, poaching fear has gripped all major parties. While Shiv Sena is keeping is legislators away at Royal Garden Resort and Sai Palace Resort in the Vasai-Bhayander belt along the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway, the ruling alliance threw a sumptuous party for its legislators at some of the most fancy hotels in Maharashtra. Still, news of horse-trading is doing the rounds, and it has been suggested that one single vote can make the legislator richer by 50-75 Lakh! It’s almost certain that there will be some surprise voting in today’s polls. Winning the Maharashtra Assembly elections and being in power, the Cong-NCP combine does hold an advantage in the polls today.