With the election to the post of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) mayor declared on September 5,aspirants of the ruling-NCP are gearing up to stake claim to the coveted seat vacated after Vaishali Bankar resigned from the post.
On Tuesday,Pune Divisional Commissioner Prabhakar Deshmukh conveyed to the civic body to conduct election on September 5 and designated Additional Collector Ganesh Patil as the returning officer.
Bankars resignation comes in keeping with the party arrangement allowing her to hold the post for 15 months. Of the 30-month term,reserved for OBC women corporator,she has completed 18 months as mayor,leaving the remaining tenure for the new mayor.
With August 31 being the last date for filing nominations,the aspirants who have submitted their applications for the post are Chanchala Kodre,Mohini Deokar,Nanda Lonkar,Ashwini Kadam,Sangeeta Kudale,Sharda Orase and Usha Kalamkar. All of them are lobbying hard to claim the post.
The family members of the aspirants are meeting senior party leaders to stake claim to the post. The party is yet to take a decision on it. The final call will be taken by the party high command and the corporators have no role in it, said an NCP office bearer.
To make their presence felt,most of the aspirants were seen attending all the civic body meetings and deliver speeches in the general body meeting to impress senior party leaders.
The NCP is also cautious on appointing the new mayor as it will have an impact on the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections next year.