Putting an end to speculation, Kalaben Delkar, wife of the late independent MP Lok Sabha of Dadra Nagar Haveli, Mohan Delkar, decided to run for the by-elections in Union territory on a Shiv Sena ticket.
The by-election slated for October 30 was made necessary after seven-time MP Mohan Delkar allegedly committed suicide in a Mumbai hotel in February this year.
On Thursday, Kalaben, 50, and his son Abhinav joined the Shiv Sena with their supporters in the presence of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra and the Chief of the Shiv Sena, Uddhav Thackeray, at his official residence, Varsha.
“Kalaben Delkar will be Shiv Sena’s candidate in Dadra Nagar Haveli’s next by-election,” said Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut.
Last month, The Indian Express reported that the family had been approached by the BJP, NCP and Shiv Sena ahead of the poll. On Thursday, after a meeting of members of the Delkar family and his supporters, it was decided that Kalaben would stand for election, and not Abhinav.
Family spokesman Pankaj Sharma said: “Kalaben Delkar joined the Shiv Sena today and she will challenge the DNH bypoll. Abhinav will lead the team for the campaign and other activities.
Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) nominated former Indian Reserve Battalion Police Sub-Inspector Mahesh Gavit (44) for the seat. Two-time MP Natubhai Patel was also in the running for nominations. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday.
Noting that the party has given him great responsibility, Gavit said, “I will work hard and be successful in winning the BJP seat.”
“I wanted to have a career in politics but due to family responsibilities I joined the police in 1999 and worked for 14 years. I resigned in 2014 to realize my dreams in politics, ”he added.
Gavit, who worked with Mohan Delkar when the latter was in Congress, said: “With his support I was fortunate enough to run for the Kavcha seat in the DNH district panchayat elections and I was elected in 2015. I was appointed vice-president. DNH district panchayat chairman and successfully completed the term until 2020. I had disagreements with Mohan Delkar and quit the party in 2020 and joined the BJP.
Delkar was found hanged in a private hotel in Mumbai on February 22. On March 9, based on the note left by Delkar and after recording Abhinav’s statement, a case was filed against BJP Chief Praful Patel, District Magistrate (DM) Sandeep Singh, Police Superintendent (SP ) Sharad Darade, Deputy DM Apurva Sharma, Sub-Division Officer Manasvi Jain, Police Inspector Manoj Patel, DNH Legal Secretary Rohit Yadav, BJP Chief Fatehsinh Chauhan and a man called Dilip Patel (Talathi) at Marine Drive Police Station from Bombay. The case is under investigation by the Bombay police.
Last week, on the direction of the Election Commission, the DNH administration transferred collector Sandeep Singh to the Personnel and Training Department in New Delhi and DNH Deputy Resident Collector and Sub-Divisional Magistrate Apurva Sharma to as deputy collector (head office) Daman. Both are among the accused in the case.
After Delkar’s death, Abhinav launched a campaign across the DNH to remove Administrator Praful Patel, the FIR’s main defendant.