After winning the Lok Sabha elections six months ago and all eight seats in the Assembly election recently, the BJP has now set its sights on the 2017 civic elections where the party stands at fourth position behind the NCP, Congress and MNS.
The previous civic polls took place in 2012 and the BJP was pushed to fourth from third position. After the civic elections, the BJP was ahead of only the Shiv Sena while the MNS had jumped to third position.
“We have been working hard but could not get power in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). However, the confidence of party workers is high after the victory in Lok Sabha elections and sweep in Assembly elections. We would continue the good performance of party in the next civic elections,” said BJP legislator Bhimrao Tapkir, who was re-elected to state assembly from the Khadakwasla Assembly segment.
Tapkir said he would personally take an interest in the civic elections and get all party candidates from the Khadakwasla Assembly segment elected to the civic body. At present, most of the corporators in the PMC from Khadakwasla Assembly segment are from the NCP.
The performance of the BJP in Assembly elections was extraordinary even in the absence of the Shiv Sena as a partner. “The Pune voters have decided to entrust confidence only in BJP by electing all party candidates in the Assembly elections. The BJP control over the city politics would be established only after the party comes to power in the civic body,” said BJP leader.
The BJP is likely to get aggressive in city politics and take on the ruling NCP-Congress in the PMC.
“The city has been reeling under a lot of problems and the citizens are fed up of the inefficiency of the ruling party. The BJP corporators will raise their voice against the ruling party in PMC and work as an opposition party in a real sense as the Congress and MNS have failed to keep a check on the ruling NCP,” he said.
The BJP has been supporting the citizens groups in the fight to protect the hills and conserve the environment, the BJP leader said, adding that the party would ensure that the ruling party does not take any decision against the interests of the public.
Incidentally, most of the eight legislators of the BJP from the city have served as corporators in the PMC and are aware of the city’s issues.
The BJP legislators are also likely to raise the city issues in the state Assembly to resolve the basic problems faced by the public.
Meanwhile, the NCP, which is in power in the PMC, has rung a warning bell for its party members in the next civic polls, with the city party chief urging the NCP corporators to pull up their socks and work only in the interest of citizens.