BJP’s Mohol is new mayor of Pune; Sena supports NCP-Cong
Bharatiya Janata Party enjoys a clear majority in the Pune Municipal Corporation.Updated: Nov 23, 2019 14:56 IST
PUNE: Bharatiya Janata Party’s candidate Murlidhar Mohol became the new mayor of Pune on Friday winning the Pune mayoral elections by a comfortable margin.
BJP enjoys a clear majority in the Pune municipal corporation (PMC) with 99 out of 166 corporators from the ruling party, including the five from its alliance partner, Republican Party of India (RPI).
Saraswati Shendge, also of the BJP, was elected as the new deputy mayor.
The voting process saw an interesting turn of events when Sena corporators voted for the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)-Congress candidate Prakash Kadam.
Prithviraj Sutar, a group leader of Shiv Sen, said, “We go orders from our party leaders to vote against the BJP latest night (on Thursday) and so we have voted accordingly. As opposition we will make sure that there is no hurdle in the city’s development. Our priority is the development of the city.”
Dilip Barate, leader of opposition, NCP, said, “As opposition party, we will keep a check on the works undertaken by the BJP. With the support of the Shiv Sena, our numbers in the opposition have grown stronger and so we will be able to keep a better check on the works undertaken by the BJP. “
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) maintained a neutral vote, choosing to opt for neither of the two candidates.
The PMC has a total of 166 elected members which includes 99 from the BJP and five from the RPI who contested on a BJP symbol; NCP (41), Congress (9), Shiv Sena (10) and MNS (2).