Even as all other parties have considered winnability for representing panels,the Bharatiya Janata Party diktat that relatives wont be given ticket,has left many couples hoping to contest together for the Pune civic polls in the lurch.
BJP state spokesperson Madhav Bhandari said it was a policy decided earlier. All key party leaders stuck to it and this was followed for all who filed nominations. This has benefited us as there are both old and new faces, said Bhandari.
However ally Shiv Sena had no such rules. Party spokesperson Neelam Gorhe had maintained that deserving candidates should get the ticket. Shyam Deshpande and wife Sangita Shyam Deshpande figure in the candidate list. MLA Madhav Babars relative Megha Babar also figures in the list. Though Congress and NCP are yet to announce the full list,husband-wife candidates do not figure in their list released so far.
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena,however,has Vanita Vagaskar and Rajendra Vagaskar in the same panel. Independent candidate Ujjwal Keskar and wife Poorva Keskar too are contesting.
30 nomination Forms Rejected
At least 30 applications were rejected during scrutiny of nomination papers by the 14 election offices across the city.
Meanwhile,withdrawal of nomination papers has begun and Saturday will be the last day for withdrawal of nomination papers.
The maximum nomination papers got rejected at Nagar Road ward office while no forms have been rejected in Kothrud ward office, said Pravin Ashtikar,Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) election office.
There has been various reasons for rejection of forms which include no signature of applicant on the form and incomplete documents. The law disallows candidate with more than two children and also those with pending dues in the civic body. “Nomination of a woman was rejected as the affidavit showed she had broken the two-child norm,” said an officer from the PMC election office.
The withdrawal of nomination papers began with former corporator Shivaji Bangar withdrawing from the race in Aundh area.