When will the by-elections of Chandrapur and Pune be held?

June 19 2023

Due to the death of BJP MP from Pune, Girish Bapat and Congress MP from Chandrapur, Suresh Narayan alias Balu Dhanorkar in Maharashtra, by-elections are to be held on these two Lok Sabha seats. There is also a possibility that the bypolls to these two seats should be held along with the Maharashtra Assembly elections. Sources reveal that the BJP wants to hold the Maharashtra Assembly elections ahead of time so that it can overcome the current political instability there. The BJP is asking its former MP Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, who is currently the chairman of the National Commission for Backward Classes, to contest the Chandrapur bypoll. Sources reveal that he turned down the party leadership’s ‘offer’ saying that only a few months are left for 2024 general elections, thus what is the point of pouring so much money into elections for merely few months. In such a situation, Devendra Fadnavis has offered Pratibha Dhanorkar, the MLA wife of the late Dhanorkar, to contest the elections on a BJP ticket. But the central leadership of the BJP is currently in favor of maintaining a distance from the Dhanorkar family, as the ED is currently probing the luxurious hotel built by the Dhanorkar family in Nagpur.

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