Family comes first; not just otherwise, even in politics too.It seems dynastic politics is very much part of the Bharatiya Janata Party, which had made a policy of not favouring one’s relative in panchayat polls.
For instance, relatives of BJP candidates in Bhilwara have been contesting polls despite strict instructions by state party president Ashok Parnami. Not far behind, is the Congress, which, despite no such policy, is struggling to find “educated candidates” in the polls.
Before the election, the state government introduced an education ordinance for the candidates. For sarpanchs, the ordinance fixed Class 8 as the minimum qualification and in scheduled areas it is Class V. For zila parishad and panchayat samiti polls, the qualification was minimum Class 10 pass.
Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) general secretary Dheeraj Gurjar, a legislator of Jahajpur assembly, received four ward tickets for his family in a Kotari Panchayat Samiti out of 19 wards. His brother Manish Gurjar, Dheeraj’s younger brother’s wife Suman Gurjar, another brother’s wife Divya Gurjar and sister Hemlata Gurjar will be contesting from ward no. 1, 2,15 and 17 respectively.
Former Congress Pradhan Shahpura Gajraj Singh Ranawat and his son Lokendra Singh are also contesting from ward no. 18 and 19. The party allowed the duo from adjoining wards.
District Congress Committee secretary Dilip Gurjar’s two wives are contesting from ward no. 28 and 27 in Shahpura and his brother Babulal Gurjar also contesting from ward no. 9 in the same block on the Congress tickets.
After the controversy over favouritism, the BJP in the first phase of the panchayat polls, dropped Asind legislator Ramlal Gurjar’s son Heeralal Gurjar and grandson Narendra Gurjar from the panchayat samiti candidate list, but allowed Sahada MLA Dr. Baluram Chaudhary’s cousin Kamlesh Chaudhary for the Sahada Panchayat samiti.
“Some of our (BJP) leaders are playing double standard in the name of policy. I am a simple man without any political background. I am following party rules and regulations to crush my legacy,”said Ramlal Gurjar.
BJP district president Shivji Ram Meena and his cousin Khem Raj Meena have also joined the fray from Jahajpur panchayat samiti. Shivji is keen to become a pradhan from Jahajpur where he lost the assembly election.