Mumbai: Union Minister of State for IT and Communications Milind Deora will be taking on Shiv Sena, MNS and AAP candidates as he tries to win the South Mumbai seat for the third time in next month's Lok Sabha elections.
Deora had won the seat for the second time in 2009, in a three-cornered fight with Bala Nandgaonkar (MNS) and Mohan Rawle (Shiv Sena).
This time around, his fight will be with Nandgaonkar, Shiv Sena's Arvind Sawant and AAP's Meera Sanyal.
The 37-year-old MP initiated the Bhendi Bazar cluster development project and pushed for the Eastern Freeway project and the second phase of the Rs 80-crore Marine Drive makeover project. He claims credit for the lighthouse tourism policy, guidelines to regulate cell tower radiations and the state's decision to set up a housing regulator.
Union Minister of State for IT and Communications Milind Deora. File pic
Banker Meera Sanyal, who fought the last elections as an Independent, is contesting again, this time as an Aam Aadmi Party candidate. She says her experience as a banker will come in handy if she gets a chance to represent the constituency in Lok Sabha.
The recent Arvind Kejriwal road show in south Mumbai has energised Sanyal's campaign. The AAP chief had kicked off his Lok Sabha campaign in Maharashtra with a ride on a suburban train to Churchgate and then took out a 'Jhaadu Chalao Yatra' through south Mumbai streets.
MNS leader Nandgaonkar, who finished second against Deora last time, will be vying for the "Marathi manus" votes and dampening the chances of the Shiv candidate and former legislator Arvind Sawant.
Nandgaonkar, who was minister of state for home in 1995-1999, had hogged limelight after defeating Chhagan Bhujbal (now with NCP but then with Congress) in the 1995 Assembly poll.