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Polls are a family affair

DNMUM235142 | 2/2/2012 | Author : Deepa Sarna Gawli & Sukhada P Khandge | WC :393 | Politics & Governance

Some families have even put up two candidates for a single ward in civic polls

While several candidates turned rebel after being denied tickets to contest Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) elections on the last day of nomination, family members of politicians were the beneficiaries of the politics. Relatives of some politicians succeeded in getting tickets and are ready to contest the sixth TMC elections.
On Tuesday, which was the last day of filing nomination for TMC elections, several candidates were disappointed after being denied a seat. It was surprising for them and for others when one or more members from one family were given tickets to contest.
Take the case of Bhoir family, which will be contesting from ward number six. Sanjay Devram Bhoir and his wife Usha will be contesting the polls. Sanjay said, "I am contesting in the open category. In our ward, we have other backward class (OBC) reservation for women. Therefore, my wife has got the ticket from Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)." Usha will be contesting in the corporation election for the first time.
In the same ward, relatives Sainath Patil and Leena Patil of Shiv Sena are also standing as candidates. "Due to reservation, Leena is contesting from the same ward and she is a fresher," said Sainath.
From Shiv Sena, there is another mother-son duo which is contesting the corporation elections. Vihang and Parisha Sarnaik are contesting elections from 16 (b) and 16 (a) respectively. Sarnaiks, who also have a Sena MLA in their family, believe that it's a trust factor in the family that has made the entire family turn to politics. When asked why members from same family are getting an opportunity to contest corporation elections, Vihang said, "It is because people in our area trust us. My father has worked for people in Thane and this has made voters expect us to perform."
Likewise, three members of Indise family have also filed nomination from three wards. Jitendra has filed nomination as a candidate of Republican Party of India (RPI) from ward number 10A while Rekha has filed nomination from ward number 9 and Vanita from ward 17B. "I am contesting for the first time as my mother who was earlier contesting from this ward has passed on the responsibility to me. Also, my sister-in-law Rekha is another contestant on public demand as my brother passed away. And Vanita, who is my aunt, is a third time contender," said Jitendra.

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