The BJP that had announced names of candidates for the Rajkot Municipal Corporation elections chose not to repeat any earlier candidates in three wards.
The party changed the entire panel of four candidates in each of these three wards despite the party having won all of the wards in the last elections. In five of the wards, it has not given tickets to a candidate who had lost in the earlier elections.
The announcement of candidate names had created a lot of displeasure in the party’s Rajkot unit but local-level leaders have managed to broker peace.
Rajkot Municipal corporation has 18 wards in all and the party has changed the entire panel for ward no 5,7 and 8. Earlier, the panel of candidates for the three wards had won all the seats in the ward.
In Ward No 3, 12, 15, 16, and 18 the party has not considered any candidates who had lost the 2015 civic body polls.
Protest in BJP not restricted to Rajkot
BJP has faced internal protest after the names of candidates for all the six municipal corporations including Rajkot were announced.
In Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati, Chandkheda, and India Colony ward, party workers had gathered at the Khanpur office of the party and it was forced to send state home minister Pradipsinh Jadeja to listen to the grievances of the workers.
Former deputy mayor of Jamnagar Municipal Corporation, Karshan Karmur, tendered his resignation from the party on Friday. He was unhappy after the party denied ticket to his family member. Karmur’s resignation created unrest in the Jamnagar unit of the saffron party.
Many BJP workers on Thursday also staged a protest at the party’s district 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.
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