Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s niece Sonal Modi is likely to take the plunge into electoral politics and has expressed interest in contesting the local body election from Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s Bodakdev ward on a BJP ticket.
Sonal’s father Prahlad Modi, who is the younger brother of PM Modi, said that India is a democratic country and everyone has a right to contest the election. He, however, clarified that the ultimate decision of whether to provide ticket to Sonal, or not, will depend on the party administration.
Demanding ticket as a BJP worker, says Sonal Modi
Meanwhile, Sonal said that she has not demanded a ticket as a BJP worker and not as a member of PM Modi’s family.
The BJP parliamentary board will take a call on whether to provide me an election ticket, or not. She also said that she is ready to take any responsibility that the party entrusts to her.
Poll preparations in full swing
The civic election in Gujarat is round-the-corner and all parties are trying their best to woo voters amid the coronavirus pandemic. Many parties have already started their process to select candidates for the polls. Congress has already released a list of 142 candidates for five municipal corporations.
This year, the elections will be different as apart from the BJP and the Congress, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM will be also contesting the civic polls. The entry of AIMIM is likely to divide Muslim votes making it more difficult for Congress candidates to win elections in Muslim-dominated areas.
Notably, the State Election Commission (SEC) has already declared the dates for local body elections in the state. Elections in six municipal corporations, 81 municipalities, 31 zilla panchayats and 231 taluka panchayats will be held in two phases this month.
To read the latest news in Gujarati click here