Behl to be replaced as Leader of Oppn

Sakal Times
Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Pimpri: After questions were raised about the style of functioning of Opposition leader Yogesh Behl, it has been decided that he will quit his post on March 20. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is playing the role of opposition party for the first time after 15 years of its rule in Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC).

Meanwhile, former mayor Mangala Kadam, senior corporator Datta Sane, Nana Kate and Ajit Gavane are among the frontrunners for this post.

Pimpri: After questions were raised about the style of functioning of Opposition leader Yogesh Behl, it has been decided that he will quit his post on March 20. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is playing the role of opposition party for the first time after 15 years of its rule in Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC).

Meanwhile, former mayor Mangala Kadam, senior corporator Datta Sane, Nana Kate and Ajit Gavane are among the frontrunners for this post.

In the civic polls held in PCMC in February 2017, the NCP could win only 36 out of 128 seats. Former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar appointed former mayor Yogesh Behl as the Leader of the Opposition. However, NCP corporators were unhappy about Behl’s performance. Some even accused him of working in connivance with the ruling party. As a result of this bickering, the party leaders started to look for Behl’s replacement. Behl is said to have submitted his resignation to Ajit Pawar. 

According to sources, since Lok Sabha and Assembly elections are round the corner, NCP would need an able candidate for this important post. Since past few days, NCP has started exposing the alleged corruption of the ruling party.

When asked about the possible changes, NCP’s city unit president Sanjog Waghere-Patil said, “The party has taken a decision to change the Leader of Opposition each year. Former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar has decided to have different opposition leaders in five years. Therefore, the Leader of Opposition will be replaced, as Yogesh Behl has completed his tenure.” She added that Behl would resign in the General Body meeting on March 20.

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