The municipality on Sunday released the list of candidates for the BMC polls.The number of contestants stands at 2,233a little less than last years 2,376and 16 wards have more than 20 contestants.
The maximum number of candidates,197,is in PNorth (Malad,Malwani,Dindoshi and Marve),followed by 185 in M-East (Chembur,Deonar,Anushakti Nagar,Govandi,Trombay and Mankhurd),166 in L (Kurla,Chunabhatti and Naupada) and 143 in N (Ghatkopar,Panjrapol,Vikhroli).
The data shows that seats over which the Congress saw the maximum rebellion are being hotly contested,going by the number of candidates.One such seat is Kalinas ward no 84.The Congress refused the ticket to its sitting corporator Alice Theratil and gave it to Brian Miranda.Theratil is contesting as an independent.The ward,with a majority Christian population,has been a bone of contention between MP Priya Dutt and MLA Kripashankar Singh as well.Naaz Chaudhari,considered to be close to Singh,is contesting as an independent.Dutt is believed to have rooted for Dharmesh Vyas,who withdrew his nomination.Because of these developments,uncertainty prevails over the ward,till now considered safe for the Congress.
Ward 85,which has 26 candidates,too,is a cause for concern for the party.Two-time corporator Rafiq Shaikh withdrew his nomination when Anish Sankala was given the ticket.This resulted in a dispute between Dutt and Singh.Also,H-West (Bandra-W,Khar-W,Santa Cruz-W ) ward 97 sitting corporator Raja Rehbar Khan will contest as an independent from here.
There is rebellion among Congress ranks also in MEast ward (Chembur,Deonar,Anushakti Nagar,Govandi,Trombay and Mankhurd) no 138.The issue here is the ticket being given to Rajendra Waghmare,who defected to the Congress from the Republican Party of India.
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