Prominent city politicians,who failed to win the recent polls to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation,are now in the running for five seats as nominated corporators their final chance to make it to the BMCs decision-making general body.
After the new council gathers to elect the mayor and deputy mayor,the civic body will also select five members as nominated corporators. These candidates are picked by parties though the practice of nominating members was initiated in 1997 with the aim of nominating consensus candidates who are experts in various fields.
The five nominated corporators seats are divided among the major parties with maximum number of elected corporators. The Shiv Sena is to get two seats while the BJP,Congress and MNS will get one seat each. With the NCPs strength depleted and the MNS emerging as having more elected corporators,the Congresss ally will not be able to nominate a corporator.
Shiv Sena corporator and leader of the council,Sunil Prabhu,said: The candidates for nominated corporator will be decided by the party chiefs and could be anyone who has either lost the election or was denied a ticket.
Senior party leaders said the likely contenders are heavyweights who lost the polls,including Prabhakar Shinde and Rajul Patel,among others in the Shiv Sena. While Shinde is a three-time corporator,former Standing Committee chairman and former leader of the council,Patel has a strong presence among women and was the head of the health committee.
According to a senior Shiv Sena corporator,outgoing corporator Mangesh Satamkar also stands a strong chance. He was refused a ticket from ward 169,which was given to outgoing mayor Shraddha Jadhav. He remained loyal to the party rather than contesting on his own, he said. Satamkar,who had earlier threatened to quit and fight against Jadhav as an Independent candidate,later decided to withdraw his nomination at the behest of Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray.
In the BJP,senior corporator and ex-chairman of Improvements Committee Manoj Kotak said so far no formal talks regarding the candidates for the nominated members has been completed. It will be decided soon, Kotak said.
According to another BJP corporator,the candidates for the post will not be decided just by judging their strength in the BMC,but also the clout he/she has with senior leaders.
Congresss Shivji Singh,known to be a close associate of Kripashankar Singh,was nominated corporator earlier.
This time,the Congress will face a tough choice in selecting its nominated corporators. In the running are Sameer Desai,outgoing corporator and nephew of Congress MP Gurudas Kamat; Vinod Shekhar who is Congress MLA Annie Shekhars son and also an outgoing corporator and Rajendra Chaubey,a senior corporator who lost from Dahisar. While Desai lost to Shiv Senas Raju Padhye from Goregaon,Shekhar came in third in Colabas ward 227 and was defeated by Independent candidate Makrand Narvekar.
At least 40 votes of the councillors are required for a candidate to be nominated.