Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) corporator Vishal Tambe was elected the new chairman of the standing committee of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Tuesday. The election saw the last-minute withdrawal of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) corporator Kishore Shinde from the race and voting of the MNS corporators in favour of Hemant Rasane,the official BJP Shiv Sena candidate for the post.
The 16-member standing committee takes decisions on financial issues concerning the civic body. The ruling NCP-Congress alliance has majority in the body with 9 members,while BJP,MNS have 3 members each and Shiv Sena has a single member. Chairmanship of the standing committee is changed every year. The outgoing chairman Baburao Chandere,was also from NCP.
Three nominations were filed for the post of chairman,Vishal Tambe from NCP,Hemant Rasane from BJP- Shiv Sena and Kishore Shinde from the MNS. During the election process,Shinde decided to withdraw from the race at the eleventh hour and the three MNS members voted for Rasane. Interestingly,Shinde was the candidate for the post of the chairman,last year too,but MNS corporators had refrained from voting.
Post his election,Tambe stated that his priorities would be to provide the city with good governance with stress on e-governance. I would soon be linking the office of the standing committee chairman with the 14 ward offices via video linking which would save time of the officers, he said. Every three months,an audit of the work done by the civic body would be conducted to improve functioning of the body. Another project which I want to take up,is the setting up of the medical college as it would benefit the city immensely, he said.