Who will be in the possession of the treasury of one of the richest civic body in the country, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)?
On April 6, the elected representatives to the BMC will elect new chairman of the civic standing committee that controls the civic coffers.
The ruling party in the BMC, Shiv Sena holds the post. Within Sena there are few candidates who are in race to grab the posts — legislator Ravindra Waikar who is still a corporator, current standing committee chairman Rahul Shewale and Sunil Prabhu, leader of the civic house.
Both Prabhu and Waikar are former standing committee heads. Waikar had got the longest tenure of four year as chairman.
Waikar refused to comment on the issue while Shewale said: “The final decision about chairmanship will be taken by the party high command.”
The three statutory committees in the municipal corporation whose chairman seats are up for contest are standing committee, improvements committee and education committee.
The elections for standing and education committees’ heads are scheduled on April 6 while the same for Improvement committee will be held on April 8.
The standing committee has been with the Shiv Sena for the last ten years.
The improvements committee is considered to be the second important after standing, as most of the policy decision and property matters in Mumbai are taken there. Currently the standing committee is with Shiv Sena while improvements and education committee is with Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP).
The BJP since the last ten years have been demanding the standing the committee every year, but they have to settle for the Improvement.
“I will meet Uddhav Thackeray in two days to talk on the issue,” said Raj Purohit, Mumbai BJP chief.
“We have neither in mind nor decided to ask Shiv Sena for chairmanship of standing committee or any chairmanship yet,” he added.