NCP expels 18 corporators for supporting BJP candidate

ST CORRESPONDENT
Saturday, 12 January 2019

“They had been issued a show cause notice, where they failed to explain their stand. Hence, they were expelled,” said Malik.

MUMBAI: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has expelled 18 corporators for going against the party line and supporting the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) candidate in Ahmednagar mayoral election. Party’s district president Manikrao Vidhate has also been removed from his post. 

In the election of Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation, for the first time, a BJP member, Babasaheb Wakale was elected as Mayor with the support from the NCP, which bagged 37 votes, 14 from BJP and 18 from NCP, four from BSP and an independent vote from Shripad Chindam, formerly a BJP member who was expelled from the party for his remarks against  Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

BJP’s ally in the State government, Shiv Sena boycotted this election. Meanwhile, Congress candidate Rupali Ware withdrew from the Deputy Mayor’s election and the BJP’s Malan Dhone won the post, thereby defeating Sena’s candidate 

Ganesh Kawde. Alarmed at this dissent of sorts, NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said that 18 corporators had defied party orders and that the party has taken action against them. “They had been issued a show cause notice, where they failed to explain their stand. Hence, they were expelled,” said Malik.

Before the voting process for the mayoral election, Shiv Sena corporators objected to the presence of controversial corporator Shripad Chindam in the municipal hall. Chindam’s vote for Wakale further drew ire of Sena workers, who staged a walkout. This led to Wakale being declared victorious, having crossed the magical number of 35 in the 68-member House.

In Ahmednagar municipal elections, Shiv Sena had 24 seats and the BJP had come second with 14 seats. The NCP had 18 and the Congress had a meagre five seats. The BSP had four and Samajwadi Party had won one seat. Two seats have been won by independent candidates.

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