Shiv Sena corporators are threatening to resign because their demand for key posts in civic committees has not been taken seriously.
The corporators wanted chairmanship of various civic committees. However, when the party ignored them, they have begun resigning from the committees they are on, thus threatening the Sena’s dominance over these committees ahead of the civic polls to be held early next year.
Mohan Lokegaonkar, Sena corporator from Khar (W) resigned last week because he was not made chairman of the ward committee. However, the party has now nominated him as works committee chairman (suburbs).
Like Lokegaonkar, Bandra corporator advocate Manmhoan Chonkar resigned on Monday because he was upset over the party’s decision to nominate Chembur corporator Rajiv Chaugule for Law committee chairmanship. He resigned from two civic committees — improvements and law committees.
“There are other capable corporators, who can head the Law committee. Why did they give Chaugule a second chance?” asked Chonkar. Sena leader Sunil Prabhu said he did not received a resignation letter from Chonkar. “This could be rumour,” said Prabhu.
“Though the committees are not as important, this trend of blackmailing will harm the party before the civic polls,” said a Sena corporator on the condition of anonymity. During local ward committee elections held last week, Kshitija Pujare and Chhaya Bhanji from Andheri (K-west) ward did not attend to avoid voting for a Sena candidate.
Snehal Jadhav, another Shiv Sena corporator who was in a fray for the mayor’s post, has almost joined the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena.