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BJP denies ticket to PM’s niece for civic body polls


BJP has denied a ticket to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s niece, Sonal Modi, for the civic body elections in Gujarat. She had sought a BJP ticket from Bodakdev ward of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation.

The name of Sonal Modi was not included in the list of candidates released by BJP on Thursday for Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. Sonal Modi is the daughter of PM’s brother Prahlad Modi, who is also the president of the Gujarat Fair Price Shops Association.

Reacting to this, Sonal Modi said that though she has not been given a ticket by the BJP, she will continue to function as a party worker. “We have not used Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s name for our bread and butter,” Prahlad Modi said.

BJP’s new rule

Ahead of declaring candidates for the local body elections, the BJP had announced a new guideline under which candidates above the age of 60 years will not be given the ticket to contest the election. Also, those who have already completed three tenures as a representative of the people will not be given tickets.

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The new guideline of the saffron party has not gone down well with several BJP leaders, who will not be able to secure tickets for the polls scheduled later this month. Also, relatives of BJP leaders will not be provided poll tickets.

Local body elections in Gujarat

The local body elections in Gujarat will be held in two phases. In the first phase on February 21, elections will be held for municipal corporations. The results for the elections will be declared on February 23.

In the second phase on February 28, elections will be organised for municipalities, district panchayats, and taluka panchayats. The results for the second phase will be declared on March 2.


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