BJP loyalist fear new entrants may mar their chances

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Nashik: The BJP camp, which had a successful run in the just concluded rural elections, are assuming that it will put up a grand show in the civic polls. But the BJP’s loyal leaders and workers fear that with large scale new entrants will ruin their chances of getting tickets to contest the municipal polls scheduled for February 21

A senior BJP functionary from Panchavati area in the jurisdiction of MLA Balasaheb Sanap, who is the city unit president of the party, said that there is huge influx of leaders and functionaries from various political parties into the BJP fold. Many of them are those against whom they had contested in the last civic polls and lost. But, in the last five years, they have strengthened their base and are confident of putting up a good show if given the ticket. However, things have become uncertain now. They apprehend that they will be neglected by the leadership while deciding nominees for polls.

A senior office-bearer of the party, who was attending the state-level conference of party leaders in Thane said that the leadership should not forget that many of the outsiders spewed venom against the party during the last elections and are being welcomed now.

Already 17 corporators and other leaders from other parties have joined the BJP. The strength of the party in the NMC in the 2012 elections was 17 members.

Some BJP leaders said that there will be many more inductions into the party as the polls draw closer. They demand that the old-timers and loyalists should not be ignored.