November 6, 2015 8:34:11 pm
Congress finally declared most of its candidates for Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) elections but wrangling continued between two groups over tickets for Ward No.14 till late Friday. The party left out six of its eleven sitting corporators from the list.
Leader of Opposition (LoP) in RMC, Gayatriba Vaghela, her predecessor Pravin Rathod, and former LoP Atul Rajani were among those who got party mandate to seek reelection to the civic body. Senior Congress corporator Vashram Sagathiya also figured on the list.
The party also showed faith in former LoP Keyur Masrani who was suspended from the Congress in March this year after he was named in a case of alleged extortion by Rajkot city police. With Masrani, fellow corporator Priti Desai was also suspended. However, their suspension was revoked later on. However, Desai is one of the six sitting corporators whom the party has denied ticket for November 22 poll. The other who have not got tickets are Sharad Talsaniya, Kajal Sondarwa, Varsha Solanki, Gita Muchhadiya and Mukta Solanki.
“We have declared our candidates for all but one election ward. Dr Vasavda wants to contest from Ward No14. But others have also staked claims and discussion is on to resolve the issue,” Kunvarji Bavaliya, president of Rajkot city unit of Congress said.
Dr Vasavada had fought RMC election in 2010 but had lost to Dr Jayman Upadhyay of the BJP. Sources said that he is seeking party mandate to take on the same BJP rival this election also.
The party has awarded 17 tickets to Patidars to make most of Patidar quot stir leaders to vote against the BJP in the civic body polls and elections to district and taluka panchayats scheduled later this month.
Congress has left RMC elections consecutively in 2005 and 2010. In the outgoing board of 69 corporators, Congress had 11 against 58 of the BJP
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