Mumbai: With just a day remaining to file nominations for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the BJP and Shiv Sena have both avoided announcing their candidates till the eleventh hour fearing mutiny in their respective parties. Although the Shiv Sena distributed A and B forms among the party's prospective candidates, BJP has preferred to keep its final list in the closet so far.
The BMC election is on 21 February and the last date for the submission of forms is on 3 February. The withdrawal of forms can be done till 6 February and the result would be declared on 23 February.
Until Thursday, there are no big names who filed their nominations for the ensuing election. The Nationalist Congress Party declared its first list with 45 candidates two weeks ago. Later AIMIM also put out two lists with a total of 35 candidates. On Monday, Mumbai Congress chief Sanajy Nirupam declared the first list of 115 candidates. In the first list, Nirupam's loyalists got the preference whereas those from the camp of former MP Gurudas Kamat were left out.
In the last two weeks, many sitting corporators from MNS, Congress, and NCP switched their loyalties either to the Shiv Sena or the BJP. When the turncoat corporators joined either the BJP or Shiv Sena, they were promised of a ticket by their new parties. However, this move triggered anger among party members forcing the BJP and Shiv Sena to tread carefully concerning their respective lists.
On Tuesday, a leaked BJP list of 72 seats became viral. In the leaked list, BJP gave tickets to MP Kirit Somaiya's son Neil and Raj Purohit's son Aakash. BJP also gave ticket to sitting deputy mayor Alka Kerkar, group leader Manoj Kotak, former Maharashtra Navnirman Sena MLA Mangesh Sangle and former MLA Atul Shah. From the Shiv Sena former mayor Vishakha Raut, Milind Vaidya, mayor Snehal Ambekar, Mangesh Satamkar, Aashish Chemburkar, Meena Kamble, Kishoree Pednekar, Trushna Vishwasrao, Sanjay Ghadi, Shetal Mhatre and Samadhan Sarvankar are likely to be candidates as they received the A and B forms.
According to sources, many Shiv Sena rebel candidates are likely to file nominations as independent candidates. Apprehending further tension, the Shiv Sena is delaying the announcement of candidates for all the 227 wards as much as it can.
"In every ward, there are four to five probable candidates but only one will get the ticket. So it's but natural that the others are angry. So we have published the list yet," said a senior Shiv Sena leader.
Meanwhile, the Congress and NCP are likely to announce candidates for all the seats on Thursday. In another development, the Raj Thackeray-led MNS has decided to contest the civic polls in Mumbai, Thane, Pune and Nashik. The MNS list is also likely to come out on Thursday while it is expected that AIMIM would announce its third list.
Updated Date: Feb 02, 2017 17:41 PM