Though there are 23 candidates in the fray, the real fight will be between Chavan and Patil.

There are six assembly segments in the Nanded Lok Sabha constituency and all are held by the Congress. Chavan represents the Bhokar seat in Maharashtra Assembly.

There were reports that the announcement of Chavan’s candidature was delayed as the Congress leadership weighed the ‘winnability’ factor against the negative publicity that he got in Adarsh Housing Society scam.

Chavan was first elected to the Lok Sabha from Nanded in 1987 but was defeated in the 1989 polls by a Janata Dal candidate. Nanded has always been his bastion. His father late S B Chavan, in his stint as chief minister and union minister, had initiated many development projects in the district.

BJP candidate Patil, however, is confident of registering a thumping victory in this parliamentary constituency.

 “There is both a pro-Modi wave and an anti-Chavan wave,” he says.

Patil, who won the seat in 2004, later joined the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) before returning to the BJP.

There are six Muslim candidates in the fray in this constituency having 13 percent population from their community.

Nanded is famous for Hazur Sahib Gurudwara, the place where tenth Sikh guru breathed his last.


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