The NCP,which emerged as the single largest party in the last civic polls in 2007,is now seeking a full majority to rule the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) citing development works it could carry out in neighbouring PCMC where the party needed no tie-ups,unlike in the PMC.
The campaign was led by party chief Sharad Pawar who urged voters to give the ruling mandate to the NCP to ensure proper development of the city. The lack of majority in the previous poll had tied the hands of the party in going all out for development works in the city. We dont want a repeat of the situation, Pawar said in the three rallies he addressed,besides a press conference.
The NCP had managed to take its strength to 48 in the 144-member PMC in the 2007 civic elections.
This time,under the leadership of deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar,the NCP was the first to declare its election manifesto and launch the campaign. The party reiterated plans of rooting for an underground metro rail and protecting hills of the city,besides implementing an agenda for a women-friendly city.
The election campaign involved roadshows by Ajit Pawar and other NCP ministers and rallies addressed by ministers R R Patil,Chhagan Bhujbal,Bhaskar Jadhav and party MP Supriya Sule were high points of the campaign.
The deputy chief minister participated in roadshows across the city while Sule was stationed in the city to campaign for the party candidates.
With a large number of aspirants in the fray,the NCP was the last to declare the list of candidates for the PMC polls. It managed to rope in former mayor Rajani Tribhuvan of the Congress to contest on an NCP ticket after she was denied a chance by the Congress. Sitting corporator Rekha Tingre got an NCP ticket and Sena corporator Leena Pansare had to take support of NCP after being refused a ticket by his party.
The election campaign started off with criticism of city MP Suresh Kalmadi,who had been suspended by the Congress,but after instructions of NCP supremo Sharad Pawar,the focus shifted to development projects.
In its manifesto for Pimpri-Chinchwad,the NCP has promised 24 X 7 water supply for the people. Ajit Pawar,who holds sway in PCMC,has promised a metro rail in Pimpri-Chinchwad,too