Resort politics in Navi Mumbai too: BJP, PWP ‘hide’ corporators
BJP has packed their corporators out of Panvel, to keep them safe from poachers ahead of the May 21 legislative council election for Konkan (Raigad-Ratnagiri-Sindhudurga)mumbai Updated: May 20, 2018 00:49 IST
Taking a leaf out of the Karnataka example, the Peasants and Workers Party (PWP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have packed their corporators out of Panvel, to keep them safe from poachers ahead of the May 21 legislative council election for Konkan (Raigad-Ratnagiri-Sindhudurga). A member of legislative council (MLC) will be elected by local bodies from the region.
However, the parties are ruling out that trips are aimed to prevent poaching.
The voters for the constituency include Panvel corporators, Uran councillors, and members of zilla parishad and panchayat samiti. In Panvel, of the 27 corporators of the PWP alliance that includes Congress and NCP, 23 corporators, six ZP members and Panvel panchayat samiti chairpersons were reportedly sent to Goa earlier this week.
Local satrap and BJP Rajya Sabha MP Narayan Rane has declared his support to NCP candidate Aniket Tatkare, son of senior NCP leader Sunil Tatkare. The Shiv Sena has fielded Rajiv Sable, son of late MLA Ashik Sable.
Corporators of the PWP alliance from Panvel are said to be unwinding at a five-star hotel in Goa.
Denying that the trip to Goa is related to the election, Panvel City Municipal Corporation (PCMC) opposition leader Pritam Mhatre said, “The trip has not been organised to protect the votes.”
He explained, “We want unity and camaraderie among our party members and introduce them to each other, and hence this tour was organised.”
Though there is an undeclared unity between the Shiv Sena and BJP for the constituency, the clash between the two parties for the Palghar Lok Sabha seat could affect the MLC election.
BJP corporators have not yet been told who they should vote for. They will be told by their party leaders at the last moment.
On Friday, corporators along with their families were sent to an amusement park in Khopoli. The corporators said they are clueless about the party’s strategy.
OF the total 51 BJP corporators, 44 were sent to the park and are expected to return on the election days that is May 21.
BJP spokesperson and corporator Prakash Binedar said people are reading too much into a simple trip. “We have come here to enjoy. There is no question of coming here to keep the corporators away. If that had been the reason, we would have gone somewhere else.”