Workers stormed party office, alleging that netas from saffron group, ideologically opposed to dynastic politics, asked for tickets for personal assistants, spouses etc
It appears that the party that condemns dynastic politics from the rooftops has customised the much-reviled brand to suit its purposes. With BMC elections exactly a month away, certain BJP members have been learnt to have resorted to asking for tickets for candidates who are either known to them, related to them or have worked for them.
According to party insiders, nearly a dozen leaders want their relatives or aides to get tickets. On Thursday, livid party workers from Andheri stormed the party headquarters in Dadar, shouting that in the BJP one gets a ticket only if they are someone's personal assistant (PA).
They were referring to senior BJP leader Kirit Somaiya. They alleged that the party exchanged seat number 71 in Andheri with ward number 110 so that Somaiya's ex-aide Deepak Dalvi can be accommodated there. Somaiya refused to comment on the issue. He said, "I don't have a PA for the last seven years. Talk to the party spokesperson."
BJP state president Sudhir Mungantiwar's PA, Amol Jadhav, is also an aspirant for a corporation seat, but Mungantiwar maintains that he has not given him a ticket. Former PA of Gopinath Munde, Amit Satam, is also in the queue for a ticket to ward number 62.
Didn't do it: BJP state president Sudhir Mungantiwar said he did not help his PA, a candidate in the civic polls, get a ticket. File pic
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