Five of the eight assembly seats in Pune city were filled in the 2009 Assembly polls by sitting corporators. Another corporator was elected to the upper house of the state legislature. Almost three years later,several of those who graduated from the PMC House to the legislature are ensuring their place in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is filled by relatives.
In the 2009 Assembly polls,four sitting corporators from various parties were elected to the state assembly while one made it in the bypoll held recently.
Another corporator was elected to the legislative council. All the six continued to be corporators.
Out of the civic poll fray this time,most of them have managed to get ticket for relatives; wife,son,nephew,sister-in-law or daughter-in-law.
Commenting on the trend,Suhas Palshikar,political analyst,said,The trend of families in politics is more at the local level. It is a contest between families than parties at the local level. When national politics has this issue,you cannot expect local politics to work in a different way. According to him,families in politics at the local level is why it is seen as a usual phenomenon at the top.
Among legislators trying to ensure family presence in the civic body is NCP legislator Bapu Pathare from Vadgaonsheri assembly segment. He has managed to field his wife and his nephew as well in the PMC polls. Another NCP legislator,Anil Bhosale,who was elected to the legislative council,has fielded his wife.
There are certain families that command a lot of respect in society and are always trusted by citizens in politics. There is no harm in giving party ticket to them as it is the number of elected representatives that matters in the end, said Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar.
Among the Shiv Sena leaders,Mahadeo Babar and Chandrakant Mokate had made it to the Assembly from Hadapsar and Kothrud.
Babar has ensured the party ticket to his daughter-in-law for the PMC polls. Mokates nephew is also contesting.
From the BJP,Madhuri Misals sister-in-law is fighting the civic polls.
Congress legislators Vinayak Nimhan and Ramesh Bagwe,both former PMC corporators have brought in their sons. Nimhans son in is contesting this tim. Bagwe,whose son was elected to PMC in the last PMC poll,has ensured two of his sons contest for the civic polls.
Former legislator and corporator Balasaheb Shivarkars wife is in the PMC race this time,instead of his son. Former NCP legislator Kamal Dhole-Patils son who had lost the previous civic body polls is trying his luck again this time.