Politics is like any other game, tough and highly competitive and every player tries to reach the pinnacle of it.
The municipal councillors or budding politician whatever you call it, always enter the civic body with the aim of making to the state assembly some day. Some of them end up living their dreams while some end in obscurity.
As the clock keeps ticking for the state assembly polls, the councillors cum wannable MLAs have started making claims for an assembly ticket.
In Ahmedabad, ruling BJP’s deputy mayor Darshana Vaghela, Estate and Town planning committee chairman Devchand Patel, Vatva’s council and EWS & Housing improvement committer chairman Hasmukh Patel are among the top contenders waiting for promotion to state assembly. Senior Congress leader and councillor Badruddin Sheikh has set his eye on Khadia-Jamalpur seat.
However, it is the newly-created Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation (GMC) which has stolen the limelight. GMC mayor Mahendrasinh Rana, a Congress member has switched side and joined BJP along with two other party corporators. Rana is eyeing Gandhinagar South constituency while BJP’s leader or opposition in GMC, Manu Patel is considering himself eligible for Gandhinagar North seat.
Vadodara city also faces problem of plenty as there are many claimants for a few seats. From BJP, mayor Dr Jyotiben Pandya is eyeing Raopura seat while deputy mayor Harjivan Parbaidya is looking for Sayajiganj seat. Standing committee chairman Vijay Shah and leader of the party in Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) Rakesh Patel is also in queue. Meanwhile, Congresss corporators like Suresh Dhula Patel, Paresh Patel, Kinnar Gandhi, and Chirag Zaveri are looking for accommodation in the five assembly seats Vadodara has in the city.
Same is the case in Surat as former deputy mayor Dr Ravindra Patel is a strong contender from the Marathi-dominated Limbayat assembly seat. Dayashankar Singh, the leader of ruling party in Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC), is also eyeing a ticket from the same seat. Surat mayor Raju Desai is seeking a BJP ticket from Athwa-Majura seat.
As far as Congress is concerned, at least three of its councillors are in the race for assembly tickets. This includes leader of opposition, Babu Rayka, who wants to fight from Choryasi constituency. The others include Nayeem Refai and Asad Kalyani, who are both eyeing the Surat East seat, which has a healthy minority population.
The four municipal corporations in Saurashtra remain volatile as there are dozens of claimants in each party for each city. Former mayor and current president of Rajkot unit of BJP Dhansukh Bhanderi is waiting his promotion and eyeing the Rajkot East seat.
Congress leader and leader of opposition (LoP) in Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) Atul Rajani is a strong probable from Rajkot West constituency as he has been three-time councillor. Former mayor, Ashok Danger is also working overtime to get a ticket from the Rajkot East constituency. Councillors of Junagadh, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar municipalities are also seeking big role in the politics.