Pune: Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) Standing Committee chairman's election will be a triangular fight between three Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates. Senior corporators and committee member Sunil Kamble, Yogesh Mulik and Manjusha Nagpure are aspirants for the chairman's post.
BJP has a majority in the Standing Committee with 10 members. After coming to power in the PMC, BJP gave the first chance to Murlidhar Mohol as Standing Committee chairman.
His tenure ended on February 27 after presenting the committee budget. Now, the process of election of a new chairman will start from March 3, 2018.
The party has not decided any names so far and the names will be announced on Saturday.
Sunil Kamble and Yogesh Mulik are trying hard to get the chairmanship of the committee. Manjusha Nagpure, the corporator from Sinhagad Road area, is also interested in the post of the committee chairman. Kamble is State Minister of social justice department Dilip Kamble's brother, while Yogesh Mulik is Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA), Jagdish Mulik's brother. Nagpure is considered a strong supporter of District Guardian Minister Girish Bapat.
Shrinath Bhimale, leader of the house and party leader of BJP, said, “The party will decide the name of the chairman and no name has been finalised yet.”
The BJP nominated four members, namely Yogesh Mulik, Dilip Vede, Ranjana Tilekar and Umesh Gaikwad. NCP nominated Laxmi Dhudhane and Smitha Kondhare. The Congress and the Shiv Sena proposed the names of Vaishali Marathe and Sangeeta Thosar respectively.
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. Hence, members are more interested in getting committee's chairmanship.
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 10 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.