Mumbai – Many BJP leaders had succeeded in securing party tickets for their relatives in the BMC election. Though they were criticised for patronising the dynastic politics some of these relatives won their seats and started their political career.
BJP MP Kirit Somaiya had secured ticket for his son Neil from ward no. 108. Minister of state Vidya Thakur had put her son Deepak in the fray from ward no. 50 while MLA Raj Purohit had got a ticket for his son Akash Purohit from ward no. 221. All these leaders also succeeded in getting their sons elected.
Shiv Sena leaders had taken efforts to defeat these relatives of the BJP leaders, particularly Neil Somaiya as Yuva Sena chief Aditya Thackeray had personally addressed a public meeting in this ward. Finally, Neil defeated Sena candidate Mukesh Karia in this ward.
Deepak Thakur trounced the challenge of Congress candidate Sneha Zagde and won his ward in Goregaon. Akash Purohit defeated Congress candidate Janak Sanghvi. MLA Bharati Lavhekar’s nephew Tyagraj Dabhadkar defeated Sena candidate Yashodhar Phanse and Jyotsna Dighe to reach the BMC house. BJP MLA Amit Satam’s brother-in-law Rohan Rathod also won the election while former MLA Ashok Jadhav’s daughter Alpa Jadhav also emerged victorious.
It also happened with the Maliks but with an exception. NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik had secured party tickets for his brother, sister and daughter. The win of Malik’s daughter Sana was said to be certain but she lost while his brother Kaptan Malik and sister Dr Saeda Khan secured the win from their respective wards.