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Unrest in BJP’s Jamnagar unit over new rules for selection of candidates for local body election

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BJP’s new rule for the selection of candidates for civic body elections scheduled later this month has not gone down well with several party leaders who have failed to secure a ticket for themselves or their family members.

One such incident has come to the fore from Jamnagar in which former deputy mayor of Jamnagar Municipal Corporation, Karshan Karmur, has tendered his resignation from the party. He was unhappy after the party denied the ticket to his family member. Karmur’s resignation has created unrest in the Jamnagar unit of the saffron party.

Karmur said that due to the new guideline issued by the party, he was denied a ticket. “Since I was denied a ticket, I demanded a ticket for my family. However, my demand was rejected, whereas tickets have been provided to family members of rebels. Due to this, I have resigned from the party,” Karmur said.

He clarified that he is yet to decide on whether to contest the polls, or not.

BJP declared candidates

The BJP on Thursday declared its candidates for 64 seats in 16 wards of Jamnagar Municipal Corporation. Four names have been announced for each ward. However, there is unrest in the party as several senior leaders were ignored this time by the party leadership citing the new guidelines.

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Many BJP workers on Thursday also staged a protest at the district BJP office. They also alleged that the party has fielded many candidates whom they do not know. It was also alleged that the party leadership had favoured “imported candidates” whereas the local party workers have been ignored.

Former mayor’s son gets ticket

Local party workers are also unhappy with the BJP leadership over the selection of former mayor Hasmukh Jethwa’s son Parth from ward 10 of Jamnagar Municipal Corporation. They alleged that the party, on one hand, projects itself against nepotism, but, on the other hand, it is promoting nepotism by providing tickets to family members of leaders.

 

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