DESTINY’S WAYS can be cruel sometimes. Dr Neeraj Bora, who had planned to contest for the post of mayor on a BSP ticket, realised this after the party decided not to contest the civic polls.
After being denied a ticket by the Congress, DP Bora joined the BSP along with his son Dr Neeraj Bora on Saturday, with the hope of getting a nomination.
Though, according to sources in the BSP, party leadership had approved his candidature for the post, Mayawati’s decision has queered the pitch for Vora.
After consulting senior party leaders in New Delhi on Saturday, Mayawati decided against contesting the civic polls to concentrate on Vidhan Sabha elections. But by then the Voras had decided to join the BSP and there was nothing much they could do, as the Congress had already closed its door on them.
BSP leaders said that if Bora decides to contest the election, the party would support him as an independent candidate.
National general secretary of BSP Naseemuddin Siddiqui said both DP Vora and Dr Neeraj Vora would strengthen the party. He announced that 628 supporters of both these leaders were also joining the party.
Talking to media persons on the occasion, DP Bora said that his ties with the party were not new and it was due to his initiatives the slum dwellers were settled in Ambedkar Nagar. “I did not set any pre-conditions for joining the BSP,” he said.