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Shah replaces mentor Mehta

THE ASIAN AGE. | DEVASHRI BHUJBAL
Published : Oct 5, 2019, 2:18 am IST
Updated : Oct 5, 2019, 2:18 am IST

He is known to be the richest corporator, having declared assets worth Rs 690 crore during the 2017 BMC polls.

w Mehta’s supporters gheraoed and vandalised Mr Shah’s car, when he went to Mr Mehta’s residence to seek his blessings. The angry crowd also heckled and hit Mr Shah’s bodyguard.
 w Mehta’s supporters gheraoed and vandalised Mr Shah’s car, when he went to Mr Mehta’s residence to seek his blessings. The angry crowd also heckled and hit Mr Shah’s bodyguard.

Mumbai: Parag Shah, a first-time corporator elected in 2017, was on Friday declared the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from Ghatkopar East.

Not only is Mr Shah a first-time corporator, he is also a member of the standing committee in BMC. He is known to be the richest corporator, having declared assets worth Rs 690 crore during the 2017 BMC polls.

 

However, the decision did not go down well with incumbent legislator Prakash Mehta’s supporters, who gheraoed and vandalised Mr Shah’s car, when he went to Mr Mehta’s residence to seek his blessings.

The angry crowd also heckled and hit Mr Shah’s bodyguard. Things deteriorated to such an extent that Mr Mehta had to himself intervene and request angry party workers to cool down. Later in the evening, a video went viral which apparently showed Mr Mehta in tears.

Interestingly, the former minister — a six-time MLA since 1990 — had been instrumental in bringing Mr Shah into politics during the 2017 BMC elections.

Despite protests, Mr Shah filled his nomination with the support of BJP MP Manoj Kotak, ex-MP Kirit Somaiya, Ghatkopar West MLA Ram Kadam and former corporator Praveen Chedda.

 

“I have no angst against anything and will not file any complaint against anyone. Mr Mehta was not well, so he couldn’t accompany to fill the nomination form,” Mr Shah said.

“If party’s decision was known earlier, it would have been easier for party workers. It is our tradition to follow party’s decision and I urge the party workers to not fight,” Mr Mehta said.

The decision to deny the ticket to Mr Mehta, who was forced to resign as the housing minister due to corruption charges, did not come as surprise to locals.

Ghatkopar-based acti-vist advocate Ankit Shah claimed that there was already some speculation around his future after his name cropped up in several corruption cases.

 

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