Pimpri: Hectic lobbying is going on to secure berths as co-opted members on the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation’s (PCMC) ward committees. The civic body has received 121 applications for 24 seats of the ward committees.
Twenty-four people will get an opportunity to serve on the eight ward committees. In all, 160 applications were received from the eight ward offices. Of these, 121 applications were found valid after scrutiny. Since the ruling BJP has the highest number of corporators, candidates supported by them will easily get the membership. However, as most of the applications have been filed by BJP supporters, the party leadership has the tough task of asking many of them to withdraw their applications.
The election process started on March 28. The elections will be held till April 26. The PCMC elections were held in February 2017. The BJP overthrew the NCP rule of 15 years.
Many BJP workers were given an assurance that they would be made co-opted corporators in return for the withdrawal of their applications during the civic elections. Now, they are dreaming of becoming a co-opted corporator.
In the elections, many people were promised memberships on the Ward Committee or the Education Committee. Therefore, there is a large number of aspirants for the Ward Committee. Under the provisions of the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act, representatives of non-governmental and social organisations/self-government organisations are co-opted on the Ward Committee. The criteria for the appointment of these representatives has been enforced in 2000. The nominated members may not be the office-bearers of any political party.
Members should not be the employees of the Union or State governments.
The ward officers will present all applications regarding their eligibility to the elected members in the ward committees. The elected corporators will then choose the members of the ward committees. If there is no consensus on who should be chosen on the Ward Committee, the elected corporators will go by the majority choice.