Thirteen of the 29 elected Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) corporators are first-timers with little or no idea about the functions of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). But, like enthusiastic B-school students, they are eager to learn as much as they can about the civic body. And the party, to ensure the new leaders have a head start, will conduct a two-day orientation programme for them.
"Senior corporators, bureaucrats and party leaders will speak to the new batch about various aspects of running the corporation," said BJP general secretary Vinod Tawde. "We are planning to put together a committee of experts that will advise our corporators on various issues," Tawde said.
Ten of the 13 new corporators are women who were introduced to the BJP through their husbands or fathers. So while 58-year-old housewife Kokila Parmar can take tutorials from her corporator husband Arvind Parmar, those like 31-year-old Yogita Juvekar will depend on the party support system.
"I will have to learn everything from scratch," said Juvekar, who heads a computer training institute. "But call me in a few days and I will be able to tell you everything about the BMC."
Although the new corporators have yet to start their term, they are excited about running the city. "Youngsters can merge new ideas with old principles," said 28-year-old Bharti Keni. The commerce graduate, who was elected from Borivli's MHB Colony, is confident she and other elected women will do a good job.