762 applications from Independents; NCP next with 750
Even as tough competition is afoot among candidates for getting tickets from political parties,the highest number of applications 762 of the total 3,558 received for the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) elections have come from Independent candidates.
Going by the applications received,the number of candidates applying as Independents is very high. There are many who have applied as a party candidate and also as an Independent. We would allot the party symbol only to the candidate with A and B forms of the respective party, said Pravin Ashtikar,PMC election officer. Any candidate who may have applied as an Independent but not mentioned a party name will not be allotted a party symbol even if the party gives A and B form for the candidate,added Ashtikar. The candidate will have to contest as an Independent if the name of the party is not mentioned in the application form.
According to the compiled information from the 14 election offices across the city,there are 762 applications from persons wanting to contest as Independent candidates. Among the political parties,there are 750 applications to contest on NCP ticket. This is five times the number of seats (152) to be contested by the party.
Politically,this number Independents is likely to add to the troubles of established political parties. Most of the Independent candidates will have roots in some or the other political party. Thus,they are going to create trouble for the candidates of their political parties, said NCP spokesperson Ankush Kakade.
There are 608 applications for Congress ticket,which is four times than the actual seats to be contested by the party while those applying to contest as MNS is double the number of official candidates announced by the party. A similar situation persists in the saffron combine. The BJP is contesting on 79 seats but the election office has received 293 applications seeking the party ticket. The Shiv Sena is contesting on 57 seats while there are 180 applications.
The rest are contesting as representatives of a group or front and have applied for a common symbol.