MH-POLL TICKETS-NCP

Many BJP-Sena poll ticket aspirants in touch with NCP: Patil
    Nagpur, Sep 11 (PTI)Maharashtra NCP presidentJayant
Patil on Wednesday claimed "many" assembly election ticket
aspirants from the ruling BJP and Shiv Sena are in touch with
him.
    Patil, however, declined to reveal their names as of
now, citing what he called the politics of "saam daam dand
bhed" (one using all means possible to achieve a goal) being
practiced by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in the state,
where assembly polls are due in the next few months.
    The former state minister was speaking to the media at
Deekshabhoomi here on the sidelines of the NCP's "Shiv
Swarajya Yatra", a public outreach programme launched by the
opposition party ahead of the assembly polls.
    Replying to a question, Patil said, "People from our
party are going to the BJP and Shiv Sena. But, many in those
parties who have done preparation for three to four years and
want to contest elections are in contact with me."
    The NCP leader said the names of such ticket aspirants
from the ruling combine who want to join the Sharad Pawar-led
party will be made public at the right time.
    "But we can not reveal their names now because
Devendra Fadnavis is pursuing (the politics of) saam, daam,
dand and bhed in Maharashtra.
    "Hence, we will reveal their names at appropriate
time," said Patil.
    A number of leaders from the NCP and Congress,
including former ministers and sitting MLAs, have joined
either the BJP or Shiv Sena in run-up to the polls. PTI CLS
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