Pune: The Republican Party of India (RPI-A), which is sharing power with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), is trying to win the bypolls for the vacant seat of the Koregaon-Ghorpadi ward unopposed.
The seat fell vacant after deputy mayor Navnath Kamble died of heart attack in May 2017.
State Election Commission (SEC), on Wednesday, announced that the bypolls for the Koregaon-Ghorpadi ward will be held on October 11. The BJP is now trying to hold the elections unopposed by fielding Kamble’s daughter Himali.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Deputy Mayor Dr Siddharth Dhende, who succeeded Kamble, said talks with other parties are going on to persuade them to hold the by-elections unopposed as the RPI (A) has decided to field Himali, the daughter of Navnath Kamble. Himali is a student of engineering.
However, the party is yet to decide whether to contest the bypolls on BJP’s election symbol or under the RPI (A) banner.
When contacted, city unit chief of RPI (A) Mahendra Kamble said the candidate has been almost finalised. A meeting with party chief Ramdas Athavale will be held soon to decide the election symbol.
The results of the bypoll will be declared on October 12.
RPI (A) leader Navnath Kamble got elected on a BJP ticket during the 2017 civic elections and became deputy mayor when the BJP came to power in the PMC.
According to the SEC, aspirant candidates can file their nomination papers between September 16 and 23. The scrutiny of nomination papers will be done on September 25. Candidates can withdraw their nomination papers on September 27. The election sign distribution will be held on September 28.