Pune: In the triangular fight for the post of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) Standing Committee chief, the name of Yogesh Mulik, brother of Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Jagdish Mulik, has been finalised by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). On Saturday, the party submitted nomination form of chairmanship of Standing Committee to the municipal secretary. Now, there remains the formality of announcing Mulik’s name in the March 7 meeting.
After submission of the form, it was clear that senior corporator of BJP Sunil Kamble will not get the chairmanship of the committee. He is one of the senior members of the party and the corporator for last five terms. He was considered a strong candidate for the chairmanship. However, this did not happen. Jagdish Mulik is close to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
While speaking to the media, BJP leader Shrinath Bhimale said, “BJP city unit president Yogesh Gogawale suggested the name of Yogesh Mulik and we submitted the form. It is the party’s decision.”
Meanwhile, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Laxmi Dhudhane filed the nomination form for chairmanship despite the party not having a majority in the Standing Committee. There are only four members of NCP. Congress has shown support to Dhudhane. However, Congress has only one member in the committee. On the other hand, BJP has majority with 10 members in the committee, which is comprised of 16 members.
Yogesh Mulik submitted the form along with Mayor Mukta Tilak and ongoing Standing Committee Chairman Murli Mohol and other corporators. The first time Wadgaonsheri ward area is getting Standing Committee chairmanship. One decade ago, NCP corporator Bapu Pathare was chairman of Standing Committee. He was representing a Kharadi area.
There were three aspirants for the post of the chairmanship, Sunil Kamble, Yogesh Mulik and Manjush Nagpure.
The Standing Committee is an important committee in the municipal corporation as all money-related decisions are taken by this committee. Hence, elected members are eager to become members of this committee. The chairman gets the privilege to present the city budget.
The Standing Committee has 16 members. Parties get their share of members according to the proportion of elected members. Thus, the BJP has a majority of ten members compared to other parties. The NCP has the second largest share in the committee with four members. Congress and Shiv Sena have one member each in the committee.