Mumbai- Elections can be a tricky ball game and political parties realized this quite early this time round. Fearing defections, most political parties did not declare the list of candidates, but these were eventually leaked on social media.
Many prospective candidates got to know about their omissions only later, after which they started shifting parties for greener pastures.
Yuva Sena office bearer Amey Ghule and incumbent corporator Kishori Pednekar got tickets from their respective wards. This did not go well with the other prospective candidates from the Sena and a few of them filed their nominations as independents on the last day.
Similarly, in ward 194, Shakhapramukh Mahesh Sawant and Sunil Pawaskar have filed their nominations against Sena candidate Samadhan Sarvankar from Dadar-Mahim area. Samadhan is the son of Sena MLA Sada Sarvankar.
Ex-Mayor Shraddha Jadhav is facing the heat from her party colleagues as Sadhana Raul and Trupti More have filed nominations as independents.
Upset over not being given a ticket from ward 77, former corporator Shailesh Parab has also filed his nomination as an independent against the Sena candidate. He has alleged that Minister and MLA Ravindra Waikar recommended his omission.
Not just the Sena but the NCP is also reeling under pressure from its party workers filing nominations as independents against the official candidates.
These BMC elections might just spring up a statistical surprise with a large number of independent candidates winning against official ones.
In ward number - 190, Mahim, Former Upvibhag Pramukh Raju Patankar's wife Vaishali Patankar has filed the nomination form. Battling against her is the independent candidate Mahila Shakha Pramukh Rohita Thakur. In ward number - 106 Abhijeet Chavan will contest against NCP Corporator Nandu Vaiti. Meanwhile, in Worli NCP is facing cold vibes from their own candidate. Former corporator Anita Nair is all set to contest as an independent candidate too. Will this 'independence' prove costly for the parties?