Ahead of the civic polls, parties have started assessing the performance of their corporators. Corporators from across parties too have submitted their report cards to respective party leaderships. Party leaders said the process helps parties decide on the candidates for the polls to be held early next year.
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Shiv Sena leaders said its corporators had already submitted report cards on the works carried out by them to the leadership. “We make the report cards annually and not just before the polls. This year’s report cards of the corporators have already been submitted to the leadership,” said Ajay Chaudhary, Sena legislator from Parel.
The report cards list the issues taken up, projects or development works carried out in the wards and policy decisions, if any, among others.
Another Sena leader said the corporators’ performance was also being assessed through Sena shakhas. “The party takes feedback from the shakhas about the corporators’ work in their areas. Recently, the party president also visited the shakhas across the city to know about the corporators’ performance and party activists’ mood,” he said.
“The corporators’ assessment is also being carried out through party functionaries, surveys and feedback from office-bearers,” said a BJP functionary.
Another BJP leader said the party was also carrying out surveys in the wards to know the issues local residents were concerned about and the corporators’ work.
Sanjay Nirupam, president of Mumbai unit of the Congress, said the assessment of corporators helps to know about their works in the civic body. “We are assessing their performances through party office-bearers and feedback from the ground,” said Nirupam.
But, due to the recent ward delimitation and reservation exercise by the state election commission, many corporators are yet to distribute their report cards. “I have prepared the report card of my work in the last five years. Since my ward got divided into two in the delimitation, I have to look for a new ward. Though I have zeroed in on a new ward, I haven’t got the green signal from the party leadership. I will distribute it once I get a go-ahead,” said a corporator from the Congress.