Superstitious candidates wait for right date

Candidates planning to contest the MCD elections are trying hard not to jinx their chances of success. Neelam Pandey and Hamari Jamatia report.
Hindustan Times | By Neelam Pandey and Hamari Jamatia, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2012 12:15 AM IST

Candidates planning to contest the MCD elections are trying hard not to jinx their chances of success.

Most candidates who have picked up the nomination forms from both BJP and Congress offices are planning to submit them only after Holi. They don’t want to give in the forms during what they consider ‘inauspicious days’.

According to a Congress office bearer, close to 7,000 forms have already been picked up by aspiring candidates, but only 800 of them have been submitted so far. The last day for submitting the form is March 11.

“Thousands of people have already taken the forms, but most will submit them only after Holi,” said an office bearer working at Delhi Pradesh Congress. The same trend is being seen at the BJP office.

“We will start scrutinising the applications only after Holi celebrations. It is considered auspicious and will bring us good luck,” said a senior BJP leader. According to sources, besides considering it auspicious, a number of aspiring candidates will flock to Holi Milan programmes, which will be attended by all senior political leaders. “Candidates are hoping to use the opportunity to push their names in the final list, which is being prepared by senior political leaders,” said a senior Congress leader.

A number of political leaders will also submit their forms depending on finding a ‘shubh muhurat’. A number of candidates believe in submitting their nomination forms at a particular time, after consulting astrologers.

“I will collect the form from the Congress office only after Holi. It has always proved lucky for me, so I will do the same this year too,” said Jai Kishan Sharma, leader of opposition in MCD.

A number of political parties consider specific days or dates as unlucky too. For instance, BJP is wary of the number 13. “BJP’s first government at the Centre, under Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s leadership, lasted only 13 days. The second time Vajpayee became the Prime Minister; the government was in power for 13 months. A number of BJP candidates don’t want to file their nominations on that day,” said a BJP councillor.

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