BJP’s Sangli district unit president Prithviraj Deshmukh is likely to get elected unopposed to the Maharashtra Legislative Council in the upcoming by-election.Also Read - Rahul Gandhi Attacks Centre, Uttarakhand Govt, BJP Over Ankita Bhandari Murder Case; Tells WHY She Died

The by-poll, to be held on June 7, became necessary due to the death of veteran Congress leader from Sangli district, Shivajirao Deshmukh, early this year. Also Read - Mukul Rohatgi Declines Centre's Offer to Return as Attorney General of India

The Congress is unlikely to field any nominee as the BJP enjoys a comfortable majority in the Legislative Assembly whose members elect representatives to the Upper House. Also Read - Operation Opposition Unity: Sonia Gandhi Asks Nitish Kumar And Lalu Yadav To Meet Again After Congress Internal Election

“Whoever wins this election, he will be a member of the Upper House only for one year. There will be a fresh election for that seat as its tenure completes early next year,” a Vidhan Bhavan official said on Monday.

In the 288-member Assembly, the BJP has 122 MLAs, the Shiv Sena 63, the Congress 42 and the NCP 41.

Prithviraj Deshmukh had won a by-poll to the state Legislative Assembly by defeating senior Congress leader Patangrao Kadam in 1997. He was with the NCP before joining the BJP in 2014.