In a face-saving exercise, Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) city president Raj Purohit, on Wednesday, got his daughter-in-law Hema to withdraw her nomination for the civic polls. She had filed her nomination as an independent candidate against the party’s official candidate in ward number 219.
The move had riled senior party leaders in the state who then asked Purohit to toe the line. He had been lobbying with senior party functionaries in Delhi to get a ticket for his family members. However, the party was insistent on not allowing tickets to family members of party leaders. His daughter-in-law then filed her nomination as an independent with the tacit backing of Purohit. “I was not in the city when she filed her nomination. When I came to know of the incident, I requested her too take back her candidature. We regret the entire episode,” said Purohit.
Minutes later, he sent out a strongly worded message to all the rebels in the party asking them to withdraw their nominations.
Two more senior party functionaries — Parag Alavani and Arvind Bane — have decided to field their wives against the party’s official nominations.
Meanwhile, the Sena leaders, too, were busy making the rebels withdraw from the fray. The party currently has 22 rebels of which it feels 14 are lightweight. “Eight of them can hurt us. So we are trying to get them out of the race,” said a senior Sena leader.
The MNS has decided to not entertain the rebels.