Want BJP ticket? Fill up request form first

Party insiders say candidates asked to fill forms requesting city BJP chief to consider their name for upcoming civic poll

Aspiring candidates for the upcoming civic poll who plan to contest on a Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket will now be asked to fill up a separate request form besides the registration form. BJP insiders say in the extra form the candidates have to request the city party chief to consider their name for the application from the respective wards.

Paperwork never ends: A request form of the BJP for those aspiring
for a party ticket. The text says the aspiring candidate is submitting a
cheque of Rs 3,000 (Rs 2,000 for SC/ST) as application fees and that he
agrees that the party decison on his candidature will be acceptable to him.
Pic/Krunal Gosavi

BJP sources said it was for the first time that the party candidates were being asked to fill up a separate form imploring for the tickets. Sources say that this incident shows the rift between the two camps in the city, where one faction supports Gopinath Munde, leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha, while the others render support to Nitin Gadkari, BJP national president.

A BJP member, criticising city party chief and Gadkari loyalist Vikas Mathkari, said, "It's never happened in the party's history that candidates have to plead to the party chief for tickets. We are workers and not servants of the party that we have to implore the city chief for a ticket." Insiders added that though it was common to have different views within a party, the party chief's decision has hurt workers of the Munde camp.

"There was no need for a separate form. When we fill the registration form it is obvious that we are abiding by the party's decisions and authorities. We have informed our senior leader in Delhi about the issue and have decided not to fill up the form unless our leader sorts out this matter," the party member said  When MiD DAY accessed the vinanti arja (request form) from the party office and contacted the Mathkari, he dismissed the matter, saying it was the party's old tradition to fill such request forms.

"It is obvious that when aspiring candidates contest for elections from our party, they have to request us for the tickets and I have the authority to select or reject them. There is nothing new in this, as we followed this tradition in the last election as well," he said. Members of the Munde camp denied practising such traditions in the party.  

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