Udaipur : It may take another week or more for both the BJP and Congress to officially announce the tickets for the municipal elections due next month in the state, however, some of the aspirants have already started canvassing by putting up their posters in their expected constituencies and intensifying public contacts. Some have started addressing people in groups while many have opted to go door to door to introduce themselves. In Udaipur for the 55 wards of the Municipal Corporation, more than 250 aspirants have sought ticket from the Congress party while the number of aspirants from the BJP list is told to be double.
On an average, both the parties have atleast 5-5 candidates seeking ticket from each ward while there are even wards where more than 20 candidates are in the queue from each side.
At ward 32, Shivraj Singh Sarangdevot a youth leader has begun door to door canvassing along with a group of his supporters while similarly in many other wards, those aspirants who seem sure of having their names in the final panel have even set up hoardings and poster. Shaina, a ticket aspirant from the congress party has almost started canvassing by scrutinizing electoral list and preparing schedule for public meetings while Chandra Singh Kothari, the BJP leader and a strong held contestant for the Mayor post has begun campaigning in full swing. Ajay Porwal, a councilor too has started off meeting the electorate in his ward as he seems quite sure of his candidature approval from the party.
Dr Jinendra Shastri, the president of the Yuva Morcha in the BJP too has initiated the campaigning process by means of communicating through the social media. “ I have already the green signal from the party to begin the canvassing though the official announcement may take some time” said a confident aspirant who didn’t wish to be named. While Bigwigs and former councilors in the BJP are among the top claimants for party tickets from their respective wards, on the other hand, at the Congress camp, those who were among the list of aspirants for the MLA and MP ticket appear to be less interested in the municipal elections this time. In Udaipur city a Congress board has never been framed since the BJP had won all the municipal council elections held so far. The Municipal Council had got the upgraded status of Corporation last year and this will be the first election since.