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In Kothrud,fight not short on diversity

From 33-year-old MNS candidate Kiisshor Shinde to 74-year-old Anna Joshi of NCP,the newly formed Kothrud constituency has much diversity among the four prime candidates in the fray; diverse with respect to age group,qualification,assets and offences.

From 33-year-old MNS candidate Kiisshor Shinde to 74-year-old Anna Joshi of NCP,the newly formed Kothrud constituency has much diversity among the four prime candidates in the fray; diverse with respect to age group,qualification,assets and offences.

Shinde from MNS is the youngest candidate in the constituency,while Anna Joshi (74) contesting on NCP ticket is the eldest. The contrast became visible when the two came face-to-face while filing nomination papers and Shinde took blessing of Joshi. In between is 42-year-old Shiv Sena candidate Chandrakant Mokate,50-year-old Deepak Mankar contesting as an independent and 61-year-old Himani Savarkar of Hindu Mahasabha.

Interestingly,eldest candidate Joshi and youngest candidate Shinde are the most qualified from the constituency. According to their respective affidavits,Joshi has completed M.Sc (Maths) from Pune University in 1959,while Shinde has completed B.Com in 1997,Masters in Computer Management (MCM) in 2000 and LLB in 2004. Savarkar has done G.D. (Arch) from Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya in 1972. Sena’s Mokate,who is believed to be a strong runner in this constituency,has appeared for SSC in 1985. Mankar,too,is SSC pass in 1975.

However,the diversity fades away when assets of the candidates run in lakhs. Mankar is the richest candidate to be contesting from Kothrud with property of at least 13 crore in his name. He is followed by Mokate with assets worth around 4 crore and Joshi with 2.64 crores. While Savarkar has declared assets amounting to Rs 24.5 lakh,Shinde has property of about 13 lakh.

“Probably,this constituency has the most diverse structure. However,a voter’s decision does not depend on any of these aspects. The party matters the most. The criminal background of the candidate,too,does not necessarily play a role in voting pattern,” said Kakasaheb Purandare,a senior citizen from Kothrud who will be voting for the fifth time this year.Agreeing with him is a young voter and engineering student Mithila Deore. “I will not necessarily vote a young candidate just because he/she is young. The party ideology and reputation matters,” he said.