PIMPRI: Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) Commissioner Shravan Hardikar disqualified Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) corporator Kundan Gaikwad after the divisional caste verification committee of Buldhana cancelled his caste certificate.
Gaikwad had sought an extension of six months for submission of the certificate. Following the disqualification of Gaikwad's caste certificate, PCMC commissioner on Thursday asked the municipal secretory office to initiate a procedure for disqualification of Kundan Gaikwad.
Gaikwad got elected as a corporator on a seat reserved for Scheduled Caste from ward number 1 of Chikhali. He had submitted the caste certificate mentioning his caste as Kaikadi, which falls under DTNT category. He had also sought the caste validation certificate from the committee in Buldhana. Nitin Dagdu Rokade, a Shiv Sena candidate who lost to Gaikwad had taken objection to his caste claim.
Based on Rokade’s objection, the committee sought documents supporting Kundan Gaikwad’s caste. After going through the documentary evidence submitted by Gaikwad, the committee cancelled his caste certificate and declared that Gaikwad does not belong to the Scheduled Caste category.
The committee on Tuesday gave its final order for cancellation of caste certificate of Gaikwad, who hails from Solapur district. He has procured government land in Pune claiming that he belongs to DTNT, which was also brought to the notice of the committee.
The committee has asked vigilance squad attached to the caste validation committee to initiate action against Gaikwad, besides invoking all benefits he has taken as an SC candidate.
Hardikar said, “The action will be taken as per the set norms. In case of disqualification, all benefits from an elected member will be invoked."
Three corporators did not submit their certificate within six months of their election as corporator. But they have obtained an extension for submission of caste certificates. Manisha Pawar sought an extension of four months from August 22, Kamal Gholap sought extension till September 4, and Yashoda Boinwad sought extension of six months from August 14. Hardikar said, “PCMC is going to submit reports about these cases to the State government. Further action will be taken as per the directives of the government."