After tireless rounds, no final poll list
It was the same story on Saturday too. Aspiring candidates made rounds of BJP and Congress offices to get information on the final party list, but had to return empty handed. HT reports.india Updated: Mar 25, 2012 01:37 IST
It was the same story on Saturday too. Aspiring candidates made rounds of BJP and Congress offices to get information on the final party list, but had to return empty handed.
Both parties were busy holding marathon meetings to finalise the final list of candidates for the MCD elections.
The BJP office at Pandit Pant Marg was crowded with friends and relatives of aspiring candidates eager to get some update on the list.
A meeting was held at the office of national BJP vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu to finalise the list of 272 candidates.
“Once this list is complete and is given a green signal by Naidu, it will be then sent to BJP president Nitin Gadkari, who will be the final approving authority,” said a senior BJP office bearer.
But sources said the BJP has cleared the names of 240 candidates for the 272 municipal seats. The Akalis, the party’s ally, have got seven seats but a decision regarding 25 seats are still pending.
Prominent names among those whose future in the polls in still unsure are current mayor Rajni Abbi, former mayor Prithviraj Sawhney, BJP general secretary Ashish Sood, BJP leader Vijender Gupta’s wife Shobha Vijender, BJP vice president RP Singh and party secretary Rajan Tiwari, sources said.
Meanwhile, the Congress constituted an apex committee, headed by senior leader Motilal Vora to look into the complaints about the ticket distribution.
“Meetings are still being held. The final names, however, have not been announced,” said a senior BJP office bearer.
Showing their discontentment with the current procedure being followed to select candidates, all office bearers of Sonia Vihar, one of the BJP districts, resigned from the party.
According to sources, Brajesh, president of Sonia Vihar Mandal, gave his resignation to Vijendra Gupta, the Delhi BJP president on Friday.
Both Congress and BJP are expected to come up with the final lists on Sunday evening to avoid untoward incidents and avoid miffed workers from joining another party.