Despite all the major parties announcing that they will not encourage leaders who cannot recontest the upcoming elections to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) due to changes in reservation to bat for tickets for relatives and close associates,there a host of corporators wives and sons among the ticket-seekers. Besides,major leaders are also pushing for tickets for their close aides.
Among them are minister and NCP legislator Sachin Ahir and Congress legislators Rajhans Singh,Aslam Shaikh,Kalidas Kolambkar.
Corporator Aslam Shaikh,who was elected to the Legislative Assembly in the 2009 Vidhan Sabha elections,is seeking a ticket for his sister from ward Number 43 in Malvani his own corporator ward that is now reserved for women-open. In nearby ward number 38 in Appapada,NCP leader Ajit Raorane sought a ticket for his wife but it appears unlikely that she will be given one,with the NCP having publicly announced that corporators relatives are unlikely to make the cut.
However,sources said Minister Sachin Ahirs brother Sunil is now almost a confirmed candidate for ward No 193 near Arthur Road,Chinchpokli.
Kalidas Kolambkar,former Sena leader who quit the party to join Congress in 2006,along with Narayan Rane is all set to field his son from ward 184 in Dadar. Prathamesh Kolambkar (23),who is the chairman of the Swabhimaan Vidyarthi Sena,will contest for the first time. Kolambkar is an MLA from Wadala.
Similarly,Sada Sarvankar who once was a Sena man and later joined Congress after he was denied a ticket in the 2009 Assembly elections will see his son contest. Samadhan Sarvankar (26) wants to contest but is not sure about which ward he will get a ticket from. I have not held any party post till now,but I have been actively working for the party for the past three years, he said.
In the case of ward no 141 in Chembur,BJP corporator Rukmini Kharatmol will now give way to her husband Vitthal Kharatmol after the reservation of her ward has been changed from women-open to Scheduled Caste. Incidentally,Vitthal was the corporator during the 2002-07 term from the same ward.
The BJP has also given tickets to close aides of its senior MP Gopinath Munde and former MP Kirit Somaiya.
Congress leader Rajhans Singh is seeking a ticket for his son Nitesh. While Singhs current ward no 157 in Kurla has been reserved for women-OBC,sources said he is likely to seek a ticket from the ward he contested in 2002.