Maharashtra elections: Deepak Nikalje, brother of gangster Chhota Rajan, gets ticket for BJP ally

Mumbai: Deepak Nikalje, brother of jailed mafia don Chhota Rajan, has been elected from the Phaltan assembly constituency in western Maharashtra by the ruling BJP’s ally Republican Party of India.
As part of the seat-sharing deal between the BJP, Shiv Sena and other smaller allies, RPI, led by Union Minister Ramdas Athawale, has been given six seats in the upcoming assembly elections in Maharashtra on October 21.
On Wednesday, Athawale announced the names of the candidates in Mumbai. Deepak Nikalje, who has been with RPI for many years, had earlier contested the assembly elections from Chembur in Mumbai on a party ticket. However, this time Shiv Sena has been allotted a seat.
A senior RPI leader told media persons that this time, Nikalje expressed his desire to contest from Fulton as he is from the same area and has a good network there.
The other five seats where RPI would be fielding candidates are Malshiras in Solapur district, Bhandara and Naigaon in Nanded district, Pathri in Parbhani and Mankhurd- Shivaji Nagar in Mumbai.
It is pertinent to mention here that, in 2018, a case was registered against Nikalje for allegedly raping and sexually harassing a 22-year-old girl.
Nikalje’s gangster brother, Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje alias Chhota Rajan was arrested from Indonesia’s Bali on October 25, 2015, and extradited to India on November 6, 2015.
Last year, the notorious mafia don, Chhota Rajan, was convicted for murdering Mid Day’s crime and investigations editor J Dey and was awarded life imprisonment.
Maharashtra will go to polls on October 21. The counting of votes will be held on October 24. The last date of filing nomination as announced by the Election Commission is October 4 while the date for the scrutiny of the same is October 5.

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