Cam­paign­ing starts, par­ties go slow on list

Ma­jor par­ties com­plete in­ter­view­ing as­pi­rants, de­lay an­nounce­ment fear­ing re­bel­lion; have asked work­ers to go ahead with cam­paign­ing

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VASHI: Even as the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion elec­tions are only three weeks away, ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties are yet to come out with names of their can­di­dates.

In a bid to curb re­bel­lion in the party, the four ma­jor par­ties are likely to give their can­di­dates the ap­pli­ca­tion form on the last date for fil­ing nom­i­na­tion pa­pers, said lead­ers. Un­like the ma­jor par­ties, can­di­dates from small par­ties such as Peas­ants and Work­ers party and the Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party (BSP) have started fil­ing nom­i­na­tions and will start cam­paign­ing.

Cam­paign­ing has started at some nodes on a slow note.

Na­tion­al­ist Congress Party (NCP) has in­structed come of its ticket as­pi­rants from Nerul and Belapur to start cam­paign­ing. Some of the prom­i­nent names from the two wards are Ru­pali Bha­gat, DD Kolte, ad­vo­cate Sa­pana Gawdee, Vishal Do­las, Ashok Gawade and Jy­oti Lokhande.

The Congress is said to have fi­nalised 65 as­pi­rants and is likely to an­nounce the names on Thurs­day.

Although the Shiv Sena has in­ter­viewed 562 as­pi­rants, it will not de­clare the names any time soon. The party’s deputy leader Vi­jay Na­hata said: “We will de­clare our can­di­dates as late as pos­si­ble. We do not want to give the other par­ties time to strate­gise based on our can­di­dates.”

The party has promised to give can­di­dates from other par­ties more than one ticket, leav­ing its work­ers an­noyed. The party is likely to face re­bel­lion. Thane mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Ra­jan Vichare and Na­hata un­der the guid­ance of Thane guardian min­is­ter Ek­nath Shinde have fi­nalised the list of can­di­dates and sent it to Matoshree for ap­proval, say sources.

On Sun­day and Mon­day, a com­mit­tee com­pris­ing leader of house in Mira- Bhayan­dar Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion Ro­hi­das Patil and dis­trict leader Monaj Ko­tak un­der the guid­ance of BJP MLA San­jay Kelkar in­ter­viewed ticket as­pi­rants. The list of can­di­dates will be sent to par­lia­men­tary board of the party for ap­proval, said the party gen­eral sec­re­tary Var­sha Bhosle.

Ma­ha­rash­tra Pradesh Congress pres­i­dent Ashok Cha­van showed will­ing­ness to form an al­liance with the NCP but the lat­ter has en­trusted the party’s Navi Mumbai unit chief Ganesh Naik with the re­spon­si­bil­ity for al­liance with Congress.

Naik feels an al­liance will not help as both the par­ties have been at log­ger­heads with each other at the lo­cal level.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

With three weeks left for the NMMC polls, a ven­dor tries to cash in on the de­mand for elec­tion para­pher­na­lia at his stall in Palm Beach Road.

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