The Jamnagar unit of the BJP has seen a surge of resignations by former corporators and workers after the name of candidates for the Jamnagar Municipal Corporation was announced.
The workers are unhappy with the BJP’s choice of candidates and its three new rules that bar those above 60 years of age, who have had three terms and are relatives of BJP leaders from contesting the civic body polls.
BJP’s senior party worker and five times corporator Karsan Karmar, who was not given a ticket this time, has resigned from the party. Karmar who was also the former deputy mayor of Jamnagar has said that denying him a ticket was equal to insulting the community he belongs to.
He later joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday. He has also alleged that the relative of a former corporator was given a ticket while he was denied the same citing the three new rules. Karmar was also the standing committee chairman twice.
Apart from this, Ward no 3 corporator Usha Kantariya and Jamnagar City former BJP president’s son Ashish Kantariya has said that the community has been denied adequate representation in the candidature list and resigned.
Ward no 7 former corporator Mittal Faldu is annoyed that her maternal uncle Gopal Sorathiya was given a candidature while she was ignored.
Ward No 6 former corporators Jyoti Bharvadia and her husband have also left the BJP, upset over the candidates’ announcement.
The others who have resigned include Punit Khandar and word no 2 party worker Hansa Trivedi has also left the BJP. They are likely to be given a ticket by Congress.
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