Pimpri seat likely to be a bone of contention between Sable & Savale.
Pimpri: It seems that all is not well within Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unit in Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC). Infighting in ruling BJP is pointing towards a keen contest for the Pimpri seat for the forthcoming Assembly elections in 2019.
PCMC Standing Committee Chairperson Seema Savale is willing to contest on the BJP ticket on Pimpri seat. Hence, she had reacted promptly on the demand of inquiry on the allegations of corruption in the Standing Committee from Rajya Sabha Member Amar Sable. There were allegations of Rs 90 crore goof up in awarding tenders of Rs 425 crore work for the road development in newly merged villages in Pimpri Chinchwad. The Standing Committee passed this proposal on December 13.
Initially, the opposition parties NCP and Shiv Sena alleged that the corruption of Rs 90 crore has taken place in the tendering as it was awarded with the cartel and all tenders were above the estimation. The allegations were making the rounds in the politics of Pimpri Chinchwad for last one month.
In a surprising move, Sable joined the chorus from opposition parties and sent a letter to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis demanding an inquiry into the matter. Reacting sharply to the demand of inquiry, Savale offered her resignation to city unit chief of the party and MLA Laxman Jagtap.
She also alleged that Sable is trying to target her because she is a candidate for the Pimpri Assembly segment and Sable is planning to field his daughter from the constituency.
Sable, however, made it clear that he raised his voice about the issue because the image of the party is being damaged due to allegations of Rs 90 crore corruption in awarding tenders of Rs 425 crore. “The BJP government in Centre and the State is working on the motto of transparency. Such allegations are causing serious harm for clean image of the party. Therefore, truth should come out,” he said.
Amidst allegations and counter allegation the chief minister asked the municipal commissioner to submit a factual report on the case. But this infighting is indicating a keen competition for the seat of Pimpri Assembly segment.
During 2014 Assembly elections, this constituency was left for alliance partner Republican Party of India (RPI). RPI candidate Chandrakanta Sonkamble was defeated in the election. She had contested the election on RPI symbol. Had she contested on BJP’s symbol, the result would have been different!
After the elections, an influential leader from the minority community, Azam Pansare joined BJP. Seema Savale also joined BJP after this election. Also, the BJP is in power with 77 out of 128 seats in PCMC. Considering this, the prospects of a BJP candidate winning from this constituency are very high. Hence, there is a rush for the getting the ticket from the constituency which is evident from the rift between Sable and Savale.
Another BJP leader Amit Gorkhe also preparing to contest the election from Pimpri.