MCD elections: BJP declares list of 160 candidates, five seats go to SAD
A former Delhi University leader and a 22-year-old BTech graduate are among the 160 people, whose names were announced as contestants for the municipal elections on April 23.MCD Elections 2017 Updated: Apr 03, 2017 00:02 IST
A former Delhi University leader and a 22-year-old BTech graduate are among the 160 people, whose names were announced as contestants for the municipal elections on April 23.
The party has given five seats to its ally Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), which will contest on BJP symbol — lotus.
The Punjabi and Sikh dominated areas such as Pratap Nagar, GTB Nagar, Rajinder Nagar, Tilak Nagar, and Kalkaji were given to SAD.
Office-bearers given tickets
Five office bearers, including Delhi vice presidents Shikha Rai and Kamaljeet Sehrawat too figure on the list of 160 candidates.
Rai, also a Supreme Court lawyer, will contest from Greater Kailash while Sehrawat has been nominated from Dwarka B ward, under the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC).
State secretary, Rajesh Lavadia, has been given a ticket from Karol Bagh and two district presidents — Santosh Pal and Parvesh Sharma — from Laxmi Nagar and Ram Nagar wards.
Several relatives of former state office-bearers and district-level workers too have been given tickets.
Candidates with a difference
Poorva Sankla, who is a BTech is the youngest candidate at 22 years selected from Raghubir Nagar seat. Also, former president of Delhi University Students’ Union (1998) Jaiveer Rana has been given ticket from Bijwasan ward and Narendra Kumar Chawla, organiser of Janakpuri Ramleela committee, from Janakpuri West.
According to state unit leaders, tickets have been given to people from Uttarakhand in areas dominated by them.
The party has named 48 candidates in SDMC, 58 in East Delhi Municipal Corporation and 67 in North Delhi Municipal Corporation. Candidates for the remaining 112 seats will be declared soon.
Four Muslim candidates
Four Muslim candidates too figure on the list. Kunwar Rafi will contest from Zakir Nagar while Sartaaj Ahmed has been nominated from Chauhan Bangar, which comes under East Delhi Municipal Corporation. Famudin Safi will contest from Delhi Gate and Sabra Malik from Mustafabad.
Miffed party workers
Party leaders said that some party volunteers were not pleased with the decision of giving five seats to SAD. “The decision is not right especially after Akalis drubbing in Punjab election. It is not a wise decision to give tickets to Akalis as BJP has strong base in all five wards,” said a party leader.
As soon as the list was out, some sitting councillors annnounced their decision to contest as independent candidates. Krishan Gahlot, councillor, Nawada who won in the 2016 bypoll said, “I won the elections last year and assured the residents to work for development of roads, drains, cleanliness and pension for senior citizens. But I have not been given ticket by the party. Now I will file the nomination as an independent contestant on Monday.”
Last month BJP president Amit Shah announced that the party would not give tickets to sitting councillor or their relatives. “As promised we have not given tickets to any existing sitting councillors,” said Rajiv Babbar, vice-president, state BJP unit. “However, if someone is the relative of former MLA there can’t be any problem with this.”
BJP runs the three MCDs in Delhi and will be fighting an anti-incumbency of 10 years.