Mumbai – BMC elections brought about a crop of rebels and party hoppers. But as the last day of withdrawal of nominations came closer, many rebel and independent candidates backed out.
Until now, 367 rebel and independent candidates have withdrawn their names from BMC elections. Now 2.282 candidates will be contesting the elections. When the state election office verified the forms, they rejected 161 forms for several reasons.
“Tuesday was the last day for the candidates to withdraw their names. In total, 367 candidates have withdrawn their names,” said Bapu Pawar, deputy commissioner, election.
However, Mahesh Sawant has decided not to back out and to contest against MLA Sada Sarvkanr’s son Samadhan Sarvankar and MNS candidate Santosh Dhuri. Another rebel candidate is Dnyaneshwar Sawant who did not back out and will contest against Senas Bala Nar. But another rebel candidate Shailesh Parab from the same ward has backed out. Rebel candidate Shivani Parab backed out from ward 79.
In all 36 candidates had filed nomination from ward no 164 of Chandivali. Out of which, one nomination turned out to invalid. However, on Tuesday, two women and two men independent candidates backed out. For now, not 36 but 31 candidates will contest elections which include 29 men and two women.
In ward no. 100, 126 and 158, three candidates each will contest elections.