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Tough task for rebels who switched parties

Almost all political parties have roped in rebels from other parties to contest the polls. But during the campaign of such candidates...

Written by Ajay Khape | Pune |
September 28, 2009 5:55:55 am

Almost all political parties have roped in rebels from other parties to contest the polls. But during the campaign of such candidates,the parties are facing resistance from their own party cadres who do not want to support “outsiders” given the ticket at the last minute.

Political parties have either imported candidates from other parties or from other constituencies inviting the wrath of grassroot workers.

In the city,NCP cadres in Kothrud have been keeping away from campaigning for Anna Joshi. Joshi,a senior leader who spent his entire life with RSS and BJP,is a former MP. He quit the BJP to join the NCP at the last minute.

An NCP member said. “It is unfortunate that the party has opted for a leader swearing by RSS principles as the official candidate. This despite the fact that there were strong contenders from within the party for the seat. How can we go to seek votes for someone who has been a member of the saffron brigade his entire life?”

Similarly,the MNS candidate from Khadakwasla Ramesh Wanjale has not been getting the required cooperation from the party cadre. He had switched from Congress to MNS only on the assurance of a party ticket. Not only are the rank and file of various parties staying away from the campaign of what they say are “imported candidates” from other parties. In some cases they are not helping the candidate even if he is from the same party but from a different area. The BJP had given the ticket to city youth wing chief Murlidhar Mohol to contest from Khadakwasla though he is a resident of Kothrud assembly segment.

“The party has a good base in the constituency and lots of people have done hard work for the party. It is improper to give the ticket to someone from outside the constituency,” a BJP leader said,adding that the party cadre is not prepared to campaign for someone from another constituency by ignoring leaders from their own.

In Shivajinagar,the Congress is divided at the grassroot level on the campaign of official candidate Vinayak Nimhan,who represented Shiv Sena till now,and party loyalist Chandrakant Chhajed contesting as an Independent after he was turned down the party ticket.

Chhajed is sitting Congress MLA and former minister from erstwhile Bopodi constituency. Party officebearers are supporting Nimhan but party cadres and even a few corporators are backing Chhajed.

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