Barring Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP),all the other major parties Congress,Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP) are witnessing infighting for the election to the post of Allahabad mayor due to be held later this month.
While the SP and BSP have decided not to contest the elections on party symbols,the Congress and BJP are fighting under their respective flags. In all,33 candidates have filed nominations for the post of mayor,the exercise for which got over on Wednesday. The last date for withdrawing nominations is June 11. The BSP,meanwhile,has already decided to support Abhilasha Gupta,wife of former cabinet minister Nand Gopal Gupta Nandi,as its mayoral candidate.
From SP,at least four candidates have filed nomination papers. They are Jamunotri Gupta,Suman Srivastava,Anju Dubey and Sudha Singh. Jamunotri is wife of SP leader and former MP from Banda Shyama Charan Gupta. She had earlier unsuccessfully contested for the post of mayor. Suman,a former corporator,is wife of another SP leader K K Srivastava. Sudha is the national general secretary of SPs women wing,while Anju is wife of long-time SP leader in the city Vinod Chandra Dubey.
Srivastava claimed that his wifes candidature was strong as she belonged to Kayastha community,whose numbers were very large in the three Assembly constituencies – city (west),city (north) and city (south) – which come within the purview of Allahabad Municipal Corporation. We are expecting the party to take a decision on whom to support before June 11. Things will become clear after that, he said.
The infighting within the party seems to be harshest in the BJP. On Wednesday,Shail Tanaya,secretary in the state BJP,filed her nomination in the afternoon as BJPs candidate. However,as she walked out,she was informed that the official nominee was Dr Kamla Singh,who had been the city chief of the womens wing of the party.
Miffed with the development,Shail immediately filled another nomination as an Independent candidate. I was sure that I was going to be the partys candidate. But every time,I am close to getting a ticket or a party position,the same is denied to me in the name of party discipline. Now,I am not going to keep quiet in the name of party discipline, she said.
In Congress,apart from the official candidate Dr Satya Pandey,the other two women candidates Shiri Wadhawan and Mukti Vyas have filed nominations as Independent candidates. But lone Congress MLA Anugraha Narayan Singh,who had opposed Satyas candidature,has already begun distancing himself from the elections. This can severely affect the chances of the Congress candidate. He had proposed the name of Mukti.