Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s niece Sonal Modi has sought a ticket from the ruling BJP in Gujarat to fight the upcoming civic body polls in Ahmedabad city. Sonal Modi said she has sought the ticket from Bodakdev ward of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation in her capacity as a BJP worker, not as a relative of the PM, and claimed she fulfills criteria for nomination.
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 the Gujarat Fair Price Shops Association. The Gujarat BJP recently announced that relatives of party leaders and workers will not be considered for ticket allocation for the upcoming polls.
The local body polls in the state are scheduled to be held in two phases later this month on February 21 and 28. Elections to six municipal corporations will be held on February 21 and that for municipalities, district panchayats and taluk panchayats on February 28.
Results will be announced on February 23 for the first phase and on March 2 for the second phase.
Besides Sonal, several close relatives of BJP leaders are also in the queue for a BJP ticket for the local body polls in the state.
While the BJP is yet to finalise its list of candidates, party’s state president CR Paatil on Monday made it clear that relatives of party leaders will not get tickets in the local body polls.
Talking to media persons in Chotila, Prahald said that his daughter is living in a democracy and is an independent adult.
The Congress has released the first list of its 142 candidates for the local body polls. The Aam Aadmi Party has also released lists of hundreds of candidates for the upcoming local body polls in the state, where it is contesting for the first time on all the seats. Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen has also announced to contest the upcoming elections to local bodies in the state, making a maiden foray into state politics.