A fresh batch of corporators is set to take over the reins of your city. With only 16% of the sitting corporators being relected, nearly 84% of the corporators elected in the recent civic polls are new entrants. While many blame this on a strong anti-incumbency wave, others are blaming the 50% reservation for women for the new-look corporation.
As many as 190 of the 227 corporators are ones making a fresh entry into the civic body. However, these also include a handful who were corporators previously but lost their seats in the 2007 civic polls.
Though almost all major political parties lost their senior corporators in the recent polls, the Congress was the worst hit. All its deputy leaders - Sameer Desai, Rajendraprasad Choube, Vinod Shekhar and Ravi Raja - were defeated. The Sena lost former leader of the house Prabhakar Shinde, ex-Mayor Milind Vaidya and former health committee chairman Rajul Patel, while ally BJP lost senior corporator Bhalchandra Shirsat. Niyaz Ahmed Vanu, the NCP's group leader in the outgoing term, lost in the recent polls.
Are these results an indication of growing anger among voters over poor civic services? "Its difficult to pinpoint any one reason behind the low number of sitting corporators getting re-elected," said Uttara Sahasrabuddhe, professor of political science at Mumbai University. "Changing ward reservations, however, has been a problem in Mumbai. Plus, political parties might not have been too keen on pushing the same old faces to the fore."
Parties like the Sena, however, emphasised on fresh faces as a part of their electoral strategy. The party will be sending 54 new entrants to the corporation - the most by any party.