Party springs surprises in listing of 76 candidates in Vadodara

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The Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) on Thursday springed a shock by its listing of 76 candidates for the Vadodara Municipal Corporation polls, with solely 15 of the 58 sitting corporators getting one other likelihood.

The occasion, which set a brand new bar with age restrict of 60 and never contemplating kinfolk of party-office bearers or leaders for plum posts, has, nevertheless, awarded couple of tickets to “dynasts”.

The 15 corporators who obtained one other likelihood embody Satish Patel who served because the Standing Committee Chairman of the outgoing VMC board, Dr Rajesh Shah, Ajit Dadich, Tejal Vyas, Jayshree Solanki, Hemisha Thakkar who was the youngest corporator, Nitin Donga, Rita Singh, Manish Pagar, Jhelum Choksi, Poonam Shah, Kalpesh Patel, Alpesh Limbachiya and Nilesh Rathod who was additionally the occasion whip within the General Board.

The occasion has chosen youthful candidates, eliminating all corporators above 55 years. Dr Rajesh Shah, who runs a homeopathy clinic and is the producer of homoeopathic merchandise beneath the banner Nikir Health Care, has been given a second likelihood. His agency had supplied a bulk of immunity medication throughout the Covid-19 preventive drive undertaken by the VMC in May-June 2020.

The listing consists of some renowed faces from the occasion as first-time contestants, together with Dr Sheetal Mistry, nodal medical officer of the Gujarat Medical Education and Research Society (GMERS)-run Gotri Covid-19 hospital, and occasion Vadodara basic secretary Keyur Rokadia who was earlier the chairman of the VMC School Board and is at present member of the Fee Regulation Committee (FRC) of Vadodara.

Rajesh Prajapati, son of former Congress mayor Dalsukh Prajapati, who joined the BJP forward of the meeting polls in 2017 from Ward eight in addition to Shailesh Patil from Ward 17, who is alleged to be a relative of Surat MLA Sangita Patil have additionally made it to the listing.

The choice of the occasion to present Patil an opportunity has triggered a rebel within the Ward 17 unit of the occasion with members threatening to resign. But senior leaders assured that the “matter would be resolved in the larger interest of the party”.

The listing additionally consists of Shrirang Ayare — son of heavy weight Rajesh Ayare, who has returned to the BJP fold after six years. Rajesh parted methods with the BJP in May 2015 and joined the Rashtriya Samaj Paksh (RSP) that gained Ward 9 with 4 seats within the civic polls held in December that yr. His spouse, Poornima, was additionally a corporator from the identical ward.

Rajesh was suspended from the BJP in April 2015 following a police case by which he was accused of vandalising and sabotaging a VMC occasion the place then Cabinet Minister Saurabh Patel was the chief visitor.

“The exclusion of Ayare is a surprise but it could be due to the age factor. The party factions had gone up in arms against his return to the party and so it was evident that he would not be given all four seats of Ward 9,” mentioned a senior BJP chief in Vadodara

Among the shock exclusions are sitting corporator Dipak Shrivastav, who’s the son of Waghodia MLA Madhu Shrivastav, identified for his flamboyance. Madhu had demanded three tickets, occasion leaders mentioned, however the choice to remove his son from the listing has left MLA Shrivastav dissatisfied. Late on Thursday night, Shrivastav mentioned, “I have served the BJP for long. I am hopeful they will correct this injustice. If not, I will decide the future course of action.”

Vadodara Lok Sabha MP Ranjan Bhatt’s sister Panna Desai has additionally been denied a second time period.

The listing has seen a return of Dr Hitendra Patel, who served as Standing Committee Chairman throughout the earlier time period of the VMC from 2010-2015.