BMC polls: BJP to fight in 195 seats, leaves 32 for allies
Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar announced their list of candidates on Thursday and the party has left out 32 seats for their allies
The BJP will fight for 195 seats in 221 members Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, where elections are scheduled on February 21.
Unlike the last Municipal polls in 2012, the BJP is contesting without any coalition with old ally Shiv Sena. Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray declared on January 26 that his party would go alone in this polls, thus putting a pause to all speculations about forging an alliance with BJP.
Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar announced their list of candidates on Thursday and the party has left out 32 seats for their allies. The last date for filing nomination for the election to the largest civic body is Friday.
Shelar issued a statement earlier yesterday in which he said that BJP has fileded 117 "Marathi" candidates. Many of the names in the list have baffled people as they are kin to the leaders in the party.
Neil, BJP MP Kirit Somaiya's son has been nominated from ward no 108 in Mulund West. Deepak Thakur, son of Maharashtra's Minister of State for Women and Child Development Vidya Thakur, will contest from ward no 50 in Goregaon.
Also, city BJP chief Shelar's brother Vinod will seek votes from ward 51. He is a sitting counsellor from Malad, but this time his ward is reserved for women.
Legislator Taj Purohit's son Aakash will be the party candidate from ward no 222 in Colaba. Aakash is politically active in the area and was a BJP nominee on BEST committee.
BJP MLA Ameet Satam's brother-in-law Rohan Rathod will be seeking votes from ward no 68 in Andheri West.
In the neighbouring Versova, the BJP has nominated Yogiraj Dhabhalkar in ward no 60. He is legislator Bharti Lavekar's nephew.