Andheri - Even as prime minister Narendra Modi and chief minister Devendra Fadnavis take pains to reiterate that merit and not blood will determine poll tickets, the city BJP appears to be on another path.
In ward 68 of the Andheri constituency, Rohan Rathod, BJP MLA Ameet Satam's brother in law (wife's brother) has been granted a ticket to contest the BMC polls.
The BJP is being seen favouring some of its party members over meritorious candidates by giving them tickets to contest the upcoming BMC elections. Many BJP party members are agitated by this stance of local party leaders, as old and loyal party workers are being overlooked in favour of newcomers or relatives.
BJP MLA Ameet Satam has ensured that a ticket has been given to one of his relatives Rohan Rathod. RSS party worker Phoolchand Ubale who has been associated with the BJP for 20 years, and whose work report was recently launched by party leaders Ashish Shelar and Vinod Tawde, feels slighted. Ubale was expecting a party ticket and has now publicly expressed his displeasure. Sources say many BJP party workers are disappointed with the party's new stance and are contemplating shifting parties or contesting as independent candidates.
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis in a speech has earlier said that tickets will be given on account of the works done by the aspiring candidates. Modi in his speech too has said that dynastic politics will not be accepted in the BJP. So is the city's BJP leadership going against party diktat?