Pune mayoral polls: Murlidhar Mohol is BJP’s pick
BJP has 97 corporators in the 166-member PMC and 77 corporators in the 128-member PCMCUpdated: Nov 19, 2019 14:45 IST
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) nominated its senior leader and corporator from Kothrud, Murlidhar Mohol, as the party candidate for the mayor’s post and Saraswati Shendge for the deputy mayor’s post in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) elections, which are scheduled to be held on November 22.
Both Mohol and Shendge filed their nominations on Monday.
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on the other hand has fielded Prakash Kadam and Chandbi Nadaf for the mayor’s and deputy mayor’s post respectively.
In the 166-member civic body, BJP has 99 members, including five members of the Republican Party of India (RPI), whose candidates contested on the BJP symbol. The NCP has 41 corporators, Congress - nine, Shiv Sena 10 and MNS has two.
BJP candidate Mohol is unlikely to face any major challenge in sailing through the mayoral polls, according to political observers
As per the draw, PMC mayor’s post is up for grabs for members from the open category. In the last elections, the BJP had given a chance to RPI for the deputy mayor’s post for 2.5 years, the former has decided this time to not share the post with the RPI.
According to BJP leaders, RPI will be given the opportunity at a later stage after one year has elapsed. After the BJP decided not to field any RPI candidate for the deputy mayor’s post, RPI’s Dilip Kamble was seen arguing with BJP city chief Madhuri Misal.
At a press meet after the nominations were filed, Misal justified the party’s move and said, “Since the past two-and-a-half-years, the RPI candidate was the deputy mayor and then we have given each of their candidates respectable posts in the corporation, such as group leader, standing committee member and tree authority members. We have kept our promise.”
Misal also added that as per the party policy, the new mayor will be appointed for a year and then another mayor will be elected.
BJP’s Mai Dhore files nomination for PCMC mayor’s post
Mai Dhore, corporator from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) filed her nomination for the mayor’s post while Tushar Hinge filed his papers for the deputy mayor’s post, elections for which will be held on November 22.
In the 128-member civic body, majority mark is 65, the BJP has 77 corporators while the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has 36 members. Shiv Sena, which has nine corporators, is likely to support the NCP candidate, while five independent candidates are likely to be with the BJP.
From the NCP, Mai Kate has filed her nomination for the mayor’s post while Raju Bansode has filed his nomination for the deputy mayor’s post. NCP Pimpri-Chinchwad unit president Sanjyog Waghere, opposition party leader Nana Kate, Mayur Kalate, corporator Vaishali Kalbhor were present when the two leaders filed their nominations.
BJP state chief Chandrakant Patil, held a meeting of the BJP core committee before the two candidates filed the nominations. Former education minister Vinod Tawde was also present in the meeting.
According to senior leaders, Patil and Tawde came from Mumbai to the city to prevent any rebellious activity. The PCMC mayor’s post is reserved for women from the open category for 2.5 years.
For the two posts, the last day to file nominations was Monday. The NCP, Shiv Sena and Congress were earlier looking to support a rebel candidate from the BJP, if any, for the mayor’s post.
Prashant Shitole, vice-president of PCMC NCP unit, had said, “NCP will soon be a part of the state government, hence, instead of contesting the election purely as a formality we were looking to support any strong rebel candidate for the mayor’s post.”