Pune: Yogesh Mulik from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was elected as Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) Standing Committee Chairman on Wednesday.
He defeated NCP candidate Laxmi Dhudhane by five votes. Keeping the upcoming State Assembly elections in mind, the BJP gave Mulik a chance to help retain his brother, MLA Jagdish Mulik in Wadgaonsheri constituency.
Mulik got 10 votes from as many BJP members. Shiv Sena remained absent in the election. When contacted, Sangeeta Thosal, Standing Committee member of Shiv Sena, skirted the issue of the party’s absence from the election.
While speaking to Sakal Times, Mulik said, “I intend to implement the previous chairman Murli Mohol’s budget. Besides that, Shivsrushti, Bhama-Askhed water supply project, Mula-Mutha riverfront development and Metro project are major issues which I will handle in my tenure. In Wadgaonsheri, I want to pursue underpasses on Ahmednagar Road and Bhama-Askhed issue.”
The Standing Committee consists of 16 members. Parties get their share of members of the committee according to the proportion of elected members in the corporation election. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has a majority with 10 members.
The Nationalist Congress Party has the second largest share with four members. Congress and Shiv Sena have one member each in the committee.