Pune: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) criticises dynastic politics and it was a poll plank for the party in the past. However, the party’s actions are in contrast. The BJP has given tickets to family members of its leaders. The workers are citing examples of candidates from Shivajinagar and Pune Cantonment. Now, they are questioning the BJP for its decisions.
In Pune Cantonment, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Sunil Kamble, brother of former BJP minister Dilip Kamble was not even interviewed before being given the ticket, according to sources. His name was not in the aspirants’ list. He is also embroiled in a police case.
Party worker Bharat Vairage, who is the husband of BJP corporator Kavita Vairage said, “We have been working for the party for the past 20 years. We are loyal workers of the party. However, the BJP has given party candidature to Sunil Kamble, who was not interested in contesting the Assembly elections. His name was not on the list of 22 aspirants from the Pune Cantonment. He was not even interviewed.”
Criticising the party’s decision, Bharat Vairage said, “Our leaders are saying there is no dynastic politics in BJP. But fielding Sunil Kamble has exposed them. Sunil Kamble has a criminal background. Loyalist party workers were sidelined while giving the tickets. We will field a rebel loyalist party worker against Kamble.”
Former corporator Bapu Kamble said, “The BJP has a policy of no dynasty. If our party did not want to give the ticket to Dilip Kamble, why has it chosen Kamble’s family member? We have been loyal to the party for the past 30 years.”
Sitting corporator Siddharth Shirole is the son of former MP Anil Shirole. He is a first-term corporator. He is going to contest the Assembly election from Shivajinagar. Sitting Shivajinagar MLA Vijay Kale was denied the ticket. Siddharth Shirole is considered among the trusted young brigade of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
However, there is a whisper in Shivajinagar about dynastic politics.
A local party worker said, “Our party is following the policy of the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). They are giving tickets to family members of sitting MLAs. The time has come to question party leaders over importing candidates from other parties
and giving tickets to their family members.”