Police verification of aspiring candidates begins and also holds key to the chances of aspiring candidates.
Nagpur News: With Assembly elections knocking the doors of political parties, the leaders have gone in appease-all mode. And the workers are emerging as the point of focus. No leader wants to disappoint them. In this situation, the issue of appointing vacant posts of Trusties of Nagpur Improvement Trust has started to gain steam.
According to sources, as soon as the tenures of some of present Trusties came to an end last month, a hot race to grab the posts started unequivocally. The tenures of Anant Gharad, belonging to Congress quota and a close aide of former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and that of Kishore Kanhere, belonging to NCP quota and a confidant of Chhagan Bhujbal ended last month. But even before the tenures ended, the race had already began. Names of City NCP Chief Ajay Patil and Sandeep Agrawal are top on the list.
On August 25, Special Branch of Nagpur Police Department called the aspiring candidates of both Congress and NCP for police verification. However, to the surprise of police, apart from NCP’s Ajay Patil and Congress’s Sandeep Agrawal, two more candidates of NCP and five more aspiring candidates of Congress reached the Police Department for verification. The police verification report has to be sent to higher authorities in Mumbai within 2-3 days but the maximum aspiring candidates were seen prodding the police to send the report sooner than the deadline. One of the aspiring candidates who had come for police verification said, “Some of the names sent to police department are not active workers and are indulging in anti-party activities. The party is giving importance to flatterers. Therefore, at least I am not interested in holding post of NIT Trusty,” said the sulking candidate.
Another aspiring candidate said that it is beyond imagination to find names of BJP workers in the Congress list. Is there shortage of loyal party workers? If the party pushes these candidates for the posts of NIT Trusties who are indulging in giving the party a bad name then the prospects of party in coming Assembly elections would take a hit, warned the candidate.
Another aspiring candidate said that the Code of Conduct is likely to be enforced around September 5and many of the top leaders are not interested in becoming Trusties for a short period. They are wary of the fact that if the party fails to retain power then they would be forced to quit before completion of tenures.
Now it would interesting to see who is appointed on the posts of NIT Trusties and whether Guardian Minister is taken into confidence before making the choices.