PM Modi's niece denied BJP ticket for civic polls

Rahul M
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The Bharatiya Janata Party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have often taken swipes at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for being a 'dynast' and slammed the Congress for fostering dynastic politics in the country. Now, PM Modi’s BJP has refused to grant a ticket to one of his own relatives.

Sonal Modi, the prime minister, wanted to contest in the Ahmedabad civic body polls on a BJP ticket, but was turned down by the party. Sonal is the daughter of PM Modi's brother, Prahlad, who owns a fair price shop in Ahmedabad.

(Photo by Mayank Makhija/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
(Photo by Mayank Makhija/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The Gujarat BJP had recently announced that relatives of party leaders will not be alloted a ticket for the upcoming polls. Rules are same for everybody, state BJP president C R Paatil said when asked about the refusal of a ticket to Sonal Modi.

"I sought the ticket in my capacity as a BJP worker not as a relative of the prime minister. Even if I am not given the ticket, I will remain active in the party as a dedicated worker," Sonal said.

"This is not a case of nepotism. My family never used Narendra Modi's name for our benefit. We all earn our own bread and butter. "Even I run a ration shop. Neither I nor my children have visited Narendra Modi's bungalow after he became the prime minister," Prahlad Modi said.