Besides Patkar, the anti-graft crusader also extended support to Raju Shetty and Sadabhau Khot, leaders of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna (SSS), one of the constituents of BJP-led ‘Mahayuti’ (grand alliance).
    
Shetty and Khot are contesting from Hatkanangale and Madha Lok Sabha seats, respectively, in western Maharashtra.

According to sources, Hazare’s decision to support the three candidates was taken by him and that none of the three approached him.
 
Congress has fielded senior party leader Kallappana Awade from Hatkanangale seat and NCP its stalwart Vijaysinh Mohite Patil from Madha, currently represented by NCP chief Sharad Pawar who has decided against contesting polls.

Patkar, who shot to fame with Narmada Bachao Andolan, has some base in the constituency as her National Alliance of Peoples Movement (NAPM) works in the slums of Mankhurd.
    
"We had done well in this area in the last Lok Sabha polls, but Patkar will eat into our votes. Ghatkopar East and West as well as Mulund have Gujarati population, and BJP is likely to do well there given the Narendra Modi factor," an NCP leader had stated earlier.

NCP sources had said that the party had already realized that it could be difficult to retain this seat, but Patkar's entry had made it more difficult.

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