City BJP interviews 92 aspirants for State elections
Madhuri Misal said, “All sitting MLAs have given the interview including me. All aspirants submitted forms and showed their interest in contesting polls. Some of the aspirants submitted forms before the interview."
PUNE: As many as 92 aspirants from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) turned up for interviews conducted at the party’s office on Jangli Maharaj Road on Thursday for the forthcoming State Assembly elections.
The city has eight Assembly seats including Kasba Peth, Shivajinagar, Kothrud, Pune Cantonment, Parvati, Hadapsar, Vadgaon Sheri and Khadakwasla. All eight seats are with the party.
BJP’s senior leader and Cabinet Minister Ashish Shelar conducted these interviews for four hours. Shivajinagar constituency received the maximum number of applications i.e. 30 applications, while only four aspirants showed an inclination for contesting the Parvati Assembly seat.
Maharashtra School Education Minister Ashish Shelar started the interviews at 12.30 pm. The party had already instructed aspirants to restrict number of followers accompanying them, so only a limited number of followers turned up at the office.
Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) conducted interviews of aspirants almost a month ago.
23 CORPORATORS, 8 MLAS IN THE RACE
For eight constituencies, a total of 92 aspirants have shown interest, including eight sitting MLAs and 23 sitting corporators. Out of the total 92 aspirants, there were 30 aspirants in Shivajinagar constituency. Currently, Vijay Kale is the sitting MLA of Shivajinagar. There were only four aspirants for Parvati constituency from where newly-appointed BJP city President and sitting MLA Madhuri Misal has been elected twice. The other three are sitting corporators Shrinath Bhimale, Gopal Chintal and Rajendra Shilimkar.
Five sitting corporators have shown interest in three constituencies each - Shivajinagar, Kothrud and Kasba.
In Kasba, Mayor Mukta Tilak and MP Girish Bapat’s daughter-in-law Swarada are ready to contest polls.
In Khadakwasla and Parvati constituencies, there are three sitting corporators each.
For Pune Cantonment and Vadgaon Sheri constituencies, the sitting MLAs gave interviews.
Pune BJP President Madhuri Misal said, “All sitting MLAs have given the interview including me. All aspirants submitted forms and showed their interest in contesting polls. Some of the aspirants submitted forms before the interview. The party gave five minutes to each candidate for the introduction and what work they have done in their constituencies. The list will be sent to the Core Committee and it will make the final decision. Party workers are in the mood to keep all seats for parties. We have not received any message from top leadership regarding any alliance.”
TWO ASPIRANTS NOT PRESENT
In Kasba Peth constituency, corporator Ganesh Bidkar and MP Girish Bapat’s daughter-in-law Swarada have shown interest. However, both were not present for the interview.
City president Misal said, “Both of them are participating in BJP’s ‘Mahajanadesh Yatra’ ahead of the Assembly polls. They have already submitted the forms and the party is considering them as aspirants, though they have not given interview right now.”