Damania will contest against former BJP president Nitin Gadkari from this prestigious seat.

The political picture on this seat is likely to be clear once Congress announces its list of candidates in the coming week. Sources say that incumbent Congress MP Vilas Muttemwar in all probability will be given another term.

According to sources, AAP dropped the idea of fielding a local candidate against Gadkari and selected 44-year-old Damania, as it failed to find a suitable candidate to take on the BJP heavyweight in his stronghold.
    
AAP's chances in their maiden run of securing sizeable votes have considerably brightened with Damania's nomination from the Nagpur seat, despite she being described as an 'outsider' by the BJP and Congress, sources said.

"Even if she doesn't win, she will ensure Gadkari's defeat, which is the objective of the party," they said.

As per AAP sources, most of the politicians on their target belong to the UPA, particularly top ministers besides Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi but Gadkari is the only NDA politician from Maharashtra on their radar.

The activist had accused the former BJP president of being hand-in-glove with Sharad Pawar to suppress the alleged irregularities related to irrigation projects in the state.

(Agencies)

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