Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s niece Sonal Modi, who had sought a BJP ticket to contest the Ahmedabad civic body polls, on Thursday failed to get a ticket with the party citing new rules for candidates.
The BJP announced its candidates for the upcoming elections to the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), but Sonal Modi’s name does not figure in the list.
Earlier, talking to reporters on Tuesday, Sonal Modi had said she has sought BJP ticket to contest from Bodakdev ward.
Sonal Modi, a homemaker in her late 30s, is the daughter of PM Modi’s brother Prahlad Modi, who owns a fair price shop in the city and is also the president of Gujarat Fair Price Shops Association.
The BJP list released late in the evening on Thursday does not have the name of Sonal Modi as the candidate from Bodakdev or any other ward of the AMC.
Rules are same for everybody, state BJP president C R Paatil said when asked about denial of ticket to Sonal Modi.
The Gujarat BJP recently announced that relatives of party leaders will not be considered for ticket allocation for the upcoming polls.
Prahlad Modi had justified his daughter’s decision, saying all his family members are free to take their own decisions. “This is not a case of nepotism. My family never used Narendra Modi’s name for our benefit. We all earn our own bread and butter. Even I run a ration shop. I have not visited Narendra Modi’s bungalow after he became the PM, let alone my children,” Prahlad Modi had said.