Major setback for BJP, Dilip Patel’s nomination rejected by Election officials

by Web Desk | Updated: 2017-02-05

Election officials have rejected nominations of two sitting corporators–Dilip Patel and Pratiksha Ghuge–along with 138 others on “technical“ grounds, effectively ending their dream of contesting the BMC election on February 21.
On Saturday, Patel’s nomination was rejected over a 2015 court order. He remained unavailable for comment. Ghuge plans to move court. She alleged her nomination was rejected over a “silly“ reason–an affidavit page that was missing from her submitted documents.
In 2015, the BMC had disqualified senior BJP corporator Dilip Patel following a court order for submitting a forged caste certificate in the 2012 BMC election. Patel had got a stay on his disqualification and had been attending BMC meetings. He had filed his nomination from Ward 58, Goregaon, on Friday.

Ghuge had negotiated to get a Congress ticket at the very last moment. She is a sitting NCP corporator from Ghatkopar and was exploring the option of contesting on a BJP ticket. On Friday , though, she learned that the BJP did not intend to nominate her and she contacted Congress. “It is the returning official’s high-handedness. They told us that one of the pages in the affidavit was missing. The rejection was over a technical mistake at their end. We will file a writ in court,“ said Pratiksha’s husband Raju Ghuge.