PUNE: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) nominated its senior corporator Murlidhar Mohol for the post of Pune mayor. Mohol filed his nomination on Monday.
The BJP has a majority in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). So Mohol is all set to become the next mayor. BJP corporator Saraswati Shendge has been nominated for post of deputy mayor. From the opposition, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have nominated corporator Prakash Kadam as their mayoral candidate.
The State Urban Development Department conducted a draw for the quotas in the mayoral elections recently. Pune’s mayoral post went to the general category. Currently, Mukta Tilak is city mayor while Republican Party of India’s (RPI) Siddharth Dhende is deputy mayor. Their tenure will end on November 22. Both will complete two-and-half-year tenure on this date. On the same day, the mayoral election will be held.
On the nomination day on Monday, parties nominated their candidates for the mayor’s and deputy mayor’s posts. BJP’s Mohol and Shendge filed their nominations in the presence of BJP City Unit President Madhuri Misal at the municipal secretary’s office.
NCP’s Kadam and Congress’ Chandbi Haji Nadaf filed nominations for mayor’s and deputy mayor’s posts respectively.
There are 164 corporators in the PMC. The BJP has the majority in PMC with 99 corporators.
BJP City Unit President Misal clarified that Mohol would be the mayor for a year.
Later, the party will nominate another corporator as mayor and deputy mayor.
Senior corporator Mohol, Hemant Rasane, Dheeraj Ghate, Rajendra Shilimkar and Prasanna Jagtap were in the race. However, BJP nominated Mohol, who represents Mayur Colony-Dahanukar Colony (Kothrud area). He is a former standing committee chairman. Shendge is corporator from Navi Peth area.
The BJP almost decided to field Mohol from the Kothrud Assembly constituency. However, BJP National President Amit Shah intervened for the candidature of BJP State President Chandrakant Patil at the last moment. Mohol was assured a better deal after the polls. Now, Patil has kept his promise.
The BJP had assured to give RPI the deputy mayor’s post in civic polls 2017. Republican Party of India (RPI)’s Dr Siddharth Dhende became the deputy mayor. The mayor’s and deputy mayor’s terms of two-and-a-half years end on November 22. However, the BJP has not offered the deputy mayor’s post to RPI. Instead BJP has nominated its corporator Shendge for the post.
Speaking to Sakal Times, RPI General Secretary Balasaheb Janrao said, “As per the commitment made by BJP leaders, we should have got the deputy mayor’s post. We wanted to nominate a candidate for the post. However, BJP City Unit President Madhuri Misal, MP Sanjay Kakade assured RPI that we would be given the deputy mayor’s post for the remaining one-and-a-half years.
Hemant Rasane, Mohol, Dheeraj Ghate, Rajendra Shilimkar and Prasanna Jagtap were in the race. However, BJP nominated Mohol.