RPI candidate Dhende files papers

ST Correspondent
Saturday, 10 June 2017

After Deputy Mayor Navnath Kamble’s death due to heart attack, the municipal corporation started the process to elect a new deputy mayor. The election for the same is on June 14.

Pune: Member of Republican Party of India (RPI) Siddharth Dhende on Thursday filed the application form for Deputy Mayor’s post which is vacant after the death of Navnath Kamble.

After Deputy Mayor Kamble’s death due to heart attack, the municipal corporation started the process to elect a new deputy mayor. The election for the same is on June 14.

There is an alliance between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Republican Party of India (Athawale). Despite an alliance, the RPI members preferred to contest the election on BJP’s symbol during municipal polls and won six seats.

The BJP got a clear majority in the PMC and won 97 seats. After winning the elections, the BJP offered the deputy mayor’s post to the RPI. Though, the RPI was expecting the Standing Committee chairman’s post for one year, the BJP denied it.

After Kamble’s death, BJP assured the party that the post of deputy mayor will remain with them only and asked them to suggest the name of the candidate for the post. Even the Congress has filed the nomination paper of Lata Rajguru for deputy mayor’s post but as BJP has a clear majority in the house, it is clear that the election is just a formality and Dhende will get elected easily.

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