A day after the Shiv Sena announced its first list of 39 candidates in Pimpri-Chinchwad,former president of Sena’s Pimpri-Chinchwad unit Netaji Chavan accused the party of “partiality” in ticket distribution after his wife was denied ticket from Chinchwad.
The former corporator has called for a meeting of some party workers and leaders to register the protest. Chavan’s immediate provocation is nomination of as many as three candidates from one family party’s Maval MP Gajanan Babar. Sharda Babar,wife of sitting PCMC corporator Prakash Babar who is the younger brother of Gajanan Babar,has been given the ticket from Vidyanagar ward. Nilesh Babar,son of Madhukar Babar who is also the MP’s younger brother,has been nominated from Chinchwad station area. Madhuri Babar,wife of Madhukar Babar,has got the ticket from Kalbhornagar.
Chavan said he had sought party’s ticket from Kalbhornagar for his wife,but the Sena has fielded Madhuri Babar who until recently was in BJP. “The moment it became clear that Shiv Sena will contest the Kalbhornagar ward,she joined the Sena. And it is surprising that long time loyalist has been ignored while the recent convert has been rewarded,” said Chavan.
Chavan said he has conveyed his sentiment to party executive president Uddhav Thackeray. “We want justice from the party chief. There has been gross injustice meted to out hard-core loyalists. I have been a Shiv Sainik all my life and have taken tremendous effort for the growth of the party,” he said,adding that a meeting of some party workers and leaders would be held in a day or two to decide the future course of action. “I might field my wife as a rebel or might not field depending on the response from the party leadership,” he said.
Refuting the allegations of partiality,Babar said he had no role to play in the distribution of tickets. “I was not on the interview panel,” Babar said. The MP said winnability was given top priority by the party. Sena leader Sarang Kamtekar said Yogesh Babar was considered for Chinchwad station seat in view of the fact that NCP’s unit chief Azam Pansare’s son is likely to contest from this ward. “In this ward,the Sena has in the past not received more that 200-300 votes. So we have fielded a youngster who is expected to take up a big challenge,” he said. Babar said his family has held the wards — from where his relatives are contesting — since 1978. “I have been elected thrice from this area. Similarly,my brothers have been elected decisively. So the party gave preference to my relatives due to our popularity.”
Yet another Shiv Sena leader Shrirang Barne will have two of his relatives from Thergaon. While Barne himself is contesting from Ganeshnagar in Thergaon,his relative Chandu Barne has been fielded from the same area. Another of his relative’s ticket has been confirmed but not announced. The Sena has renominated all its four sitting corporators,including Seema Savle,Sulbha Ubale,Vijaya Jadhav and Shrirang Barne. It has also fielded six former corporators.