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Lawyer Majid Memon to contest Rajya Sabha polls on NCP ticket
Wednesday January 22, 2014 10:04 PM, & Agencies

Senior lawyer and National Secretary of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Majid Memon will contest the biennial elections of Rajya Sabha on the party ticket from Maharashtra.

He is the party's second candidate besides party chief Sharad Pawar.

Pawar will file his nomination in Mumbai on January 24, the party sources here said.

Party spokesman D P Tripathi told reporters that NCP has given the other nomination to Memon, who is a senior lawyer.

Majid Memon came to fame after the 1993 Mumbai blasts. He was the defence lawyer in the case. Soon after he joined politics and became National Secretary of the NCP.

A tug-of-war was seen for the seat as many including Govidrao Adik and Fauzia Khan, a junior minister in the Maharashtra government were demanding party ticket to contest the RS polls.

Of the 55 seats falling vacant in the Upper House, Maharashtra has the biggest chunk of seven retiring members. They are Murli Deora and Hussain Dalwai (Congress), YP Trivedi and Janardhan Waghmare (NCP), Bharatkumar Raut and Rajkumar Dhoot (Shiv Sena), and Prakash Javadekar (Bharatiya Janata Party).

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