Protests in Surat over selection of names

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The BJP’s record of candidates for the upcoming native physique elections in Surat triggered a protest by leaders of Ward three who got here out on the highway towards declaring the title of Dharmesh Sarasiya who stays in Katargam space however was fielded from Sarthana.

The staff burnt copies of the record, whereas comparable protests have been seen in Varachha and Kap-odara areas additionally, the place there was objection to the names declared.

In the earlier time period, the Surat metropolis municipal company had 29 wards with 116 elected representatives, of which 80 councillors have been from the BJP. After delimitation of Surat metropolis in 2020, 27 villages and two nagar palikas have been added to the company restrict with wards growing to 30 and variety of councillors 120.

On Thursday night, the state BJP had launched an inventory of 119 candidates, repeating 13 out of the 80 sitting councilllors, whereas others had both crossed 60 years or age or had exceeded three phrases. The title of 1 seat in Ward 11 is pending.

The repeated candidates are Hemali Boghhawala (outdated Ward 10, new Ward 11), Vaishali Shah (outdated Ward 10, new Ward 11), Arti H Patel (outdated Ward 12, new Ward 12), Rakesh Mali (outdated Ward 12, new Ward 12), Reshmaben Lapsiwala (outdated Ward 20, new Ward 13), Vijay Chaumal (outdated Ward 17, new Ward 19), Rohiniben Chhotu Patil (outdated Ward 23, new Ward 24), Somnath Marathe (outdated Ward 23, new Ward 24), Amit Rajput (outdated Ward 25, new Ward 26), Purnima Davle (outdated Ward 27, new Ward 28), Ramila Patel (outdated Ward 17, new Ward 19), Anita Desai (outdated Ward 6, new Ward) and Geeta Rabari (outdated Ward 28, new Ward 23).

Nandlal Pandav, Vatalia Prajapati group president and Congress chief who fought 2012 Assembly elections from Katargam seat and misplaced, resigned from the Congress on Thursday. His son Narnedra Nandlal Pandav, bought a BJP ticket from Ward 7.

Close aides of state BJP president CR Paatil, reminiscent of BJP chief Lalit Vekariya who was made social gathering vice-president in Surat metropolis just lately, resigned from the put up couple of days in the past. He additionally bought ticket from Ward 7. Others are Dinesh Rajpurohit from Ward 18 and Paresh Patel from Ward 23.

Sitting BJP councilor from Ward 24, Kanta Vakodikar, was omitted from the record, whereas her husband Prkaash Vakodikar bought the ticket from Ward 25.

However, Anita Desai, BJP candidate from Ward 6 who’s above 61 years and is a sitting councilor, bought ticket. Surat metropolis BJP president Niranjan Janjmera didn’t reply repeated calls.

State BJP spoke particular person Yamal Vyas mentioned, “Out of 120 candidates, the party declared the names of 119 candidates, while name of one candidate is left on Ward 11, which will be declared soon.”

About Anita Desai getting ticket, Yamal Vyas mentioned, “It is the decision by the party’s parliamentary board.”