This couple is hoping to be partners not just at home but in BMC too. Thanks to the rare occurrence of two tickets given to the same family,Shiv Sena candidates Yashwant and Yamini Jadhav will be contesting the civic elections from neighbouring wards of 208 and 207 respectively.
While Yashwant Jadhav has been a three-time corporator,it is Yaminis first attempt. After the 50 per cent reservations for women,Yashwant lost his ward to women-open,while his earlier ward is now a Scheduled Caste (SC) ward from which he will not contest.
She has helped me take care of my family and run our home for the past 26 years so well. I will try my best to help explain how BMC functions and all the nitty gritties of being a corporator if she becomes a councillor, says 49-year-old Yashwant.
While I did not assume any post in the party earlier,I am well informed and have gone to many rallies and public functions with my husband and understand the needs of the my ward, said Yamini,who is an M.Com by qualification.
While seniors in the party maintain there were no other contenders for seats in both wards and the couple was most deserving,for Yashwant it was their popularity and ability as party workers that got them the candidature.
With both ward 207,which includes areas of Anjirwadi and Dockyard in Byculla,and 208,which spans across Mastan Talao and J J Hospital in Byculla falling in the island city,the couple feels that a better drainage system and redevelopment of old buildings will be on their agenda.
While the Jadhavs seem to be eager to give each other company in the civic body,another couple seems to believe in a one ticket per family norm. Brian Miranda (42) and Tulip Miranda (34),who had managed to get the ticket from Congress and Prakash Ambedkar faction of RPI respectively,have decided to contest only from one seat.
We had both filed nominations for the elections but once I got a formal approval from the party,I decided that others should also be given a chance. I am going to ask my wife to withdraw her nomination. I feel one person should concentrate at home and as my wife is an advocate,she is capable of doing some other professional work as well, said first-time candidate Brian,who has received a Congress ticket from ward 84,which spans across Kalina in Santacruz.
Miranda,an HSC pass and a diploma holder in catering,is an East Indian Catholic and has been actively involved in politics for the past 10 years.