In the last civic elections, Juhu’s ward no 63 became the first ward to send a citizen-backed candidate Adolf D’Souza as its representative in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. This time around too, it is set to continue the trend.
The residents of this ward will come together on Saturday to elect their citizen-candidate, who will contest in the upcoming civic elections. Ironically, D’Souza, the sitting corporator, himself is facilitating this process through his recently launched political forum, Mumbai Nagriksatta.
The ward, which has been reserved for other backward class (OBC) candidates, has three candidates, of which the final citizen-candidate will be selected.
The citizen activists, who are in the race this time, include an IIT-ian who is also a former civic employee, a deputy sarpanch of Juhu gaothan and an electrical engineer.
D’Souza said, “I am quite happy with the quality of candidates, who have come forward to contest the elections this time. The selection process will decide which one of the three is best-suited to be the citizen candidate.”
This is the second ward in which Mumbai Nagriksatta is set to select its own citizen-candidate.
The outfit had earlier conducted its selection process in Powai’s ward no 115, and chosen a schoolteacher Thelma D’souza as its candidate.
Incidentally, Powai, with no past experience saw three candidates, while Juhu, despite having D’Souza as it corporator, also saw just three candidates. Is this a reflection of his performance? D’Souza doesn’t think so.
“This ward is reserved for OBC candidates. Even then, we got three candidates. Also, I have maintained that 50% of my electorate will like me, while the rest will not. I can live with that.”
D’Souza has sent out invitations to around 400 residents, and distributed pamphlets to invite representations from societies. “We shortlisted 400 residents though a draw, and decided to invite them to be a part of our voter’s representative council, which will finally select the candidate,” he said.