PUNE: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) corporators are lobbying for the post of chairman in the Standing Committee. The term of sitting Chairman Murali Mohol will be over by the end of February after the Budget is tabled before Standing Committee.
It is said that senior corporators Sunil Kamble, Hemant Rasane and Manjusha Nagpure are in the race for the top post.
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.
The BJP has 10 members - Sunil Kamble, Murali Mohol, Nilima Khade, Anil Tingre, Yogesh Samel, Raja Barate, Haridas Charvad, Maruti Tupe, Manjusha Nagpure and Kavita Vairage.
Out of these, the term of Murali Mohol, Yogesh Samel, Haridas Charvad and Anil Tingre ended following a lucky draw conducted last month.
Each year, the term of 8 committee members ends and new members replace them.
Now, Sunil Kamble has staked his claim to the post of chairman as a corporator who got elected for the fourth consecutive term. He is the brother of Dilip Kamble, Minister of State for Social Justice.
Hemant Rasane is not part of the committee but is lobbying to get a chance in the Standing Committee as a member so he can lay claim on the chairmanship. Rasane is close to District Guardian Minister Girish Bapat. Manjusha Nagpure is another aspirant.
Shirnath Bhimale, House Leader of BJP said, “We have not declared names for the Standing Committee members and chairmanship. We will announce the decision after February 19.”
Other than the BJP members, Nana Bhangire and Avinash Bagwe were committee members of Shiv Sena and Congress party respectively. During the lucky draw, their term ended. Now, new members from both parties will get elected. From Nationalist Congress Party the term of Priya Gadade and Rekha Tingre ended.