Pune: After Shiv Sena announced that it would go solo in the State Assembly and Lok Sabha elections, both the Shiv Sena and the BJP are contesting Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) bypoll in Mundhwa separately.
However, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress have formed an alliance. The seat fell vacant after the sudden death of NCP corporator and former mayor Chanchala Kodre. Mundhwa is considered to be NCP's stronghold, but Shiv Sena and BJP decided to try their luck. The bypoll will be conducted on April 6.
Mundhwa panel (number-8) consists of four wards. NCP's Bandu Gaikwad, Chetan Tupe, Hemlata Magar and Chanchala Kodre got elected from this panel. However, after the sudden demise of Kodre, one seat became vacant. The NCP offered a ticket to Chanchala Kodre's relative Pooja Kodre, who will be supported by the Congress. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has declared they will not field their candidate in bypoll as per the party policy.
Shiv Sena has given candidature to Monika Tupe and the BJP has given a ticket to Sukanya Gaikwad. Hadapsar- Mundhwa is known as a stronghold of NCP. Party has given maximum mayorship to Hadapsar area like Chanchala Kodre, Rajlaxmi Bhosale and Vaishali Bankar and others.
According to sources, BJP wants to check voters' response as the party has completed one year in PMC.