On the last day of filing nominations for the Kalyan-Dombivali Municipal Corporation (KDMC) polls, 827 candidates filed 943 nomination forms. According to Ramnath Sonawane, commissioner, KDMC, some candidates filed more than one nomination and so the number of forms collected was more than candidates.
In Dombivali, Sadanand Tharwal, a Shiv Sena worker, has expressed displeasure over the party denying his wife a ticket to contest the polls.
In protest, he and his 30 supporters have resigned from the posts and given up their primary membership. For damage control, MLA Eknanth Shinde and MP Anand Paranjape were at the Sena party office keeping a tab on the situation.
At present, there are 13 Shiv Sena rebels, three from BJP, seven from Congress, four from NCP and eight from MNS. Some of the prominent rebels from the Sena are Bal Hardas, Sreyas Samel, Mohan Ugale, Vinod Bhoir, Vasant Mhatre, Prakash Bhoir, Chhya Wagmare, Firoz Sheikh, Fakira Choudhary and Bala Parab.
In Kalyan, most rebels from the Sena are against BJP candidates. Mhatre, vibhag pramukh, said, “When BJP president Mangesh Gaikar can rebel against the official candidates of the Sena, then why not we. This seat has been given to the BJP three times and they have lost it, but this time, people of our wards have forced me to contest.”
In the MNS, Bharti Gaikar, wife of the Santosh Gaikar has filed the nomination as a rebel candidate.
Sneha Jadhav, MNS woman wing president is also contesting as a rebel against the official candidate of the MNS. For the Congress, Firoz Sheikh ex-corporator is contesting as a rebel.
He said, “One of the MLC who distributing the tickets asked me to pay Rs 5 lakh. I told him that I can pay at most Rs 3 lakh, so my ticket was scrapped.”