Political alliances in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) mirrored those in the state, as Shiv Sena corporators voted for the NCP candidate in the mayoral election held on Friday, hours before the Sena, Congress and NCP reached a consensus to form the state government.
But the total vote tally of the three parties was still not enough to beat the BJP candidate, Murlidhar Mohol, who was elected as the next Pune mayor. Mohol received 97 votes while his rival, NCP’s Prakash Kadam, got 59 votes.
In the 164-seat PMC, BJP has 99 corporators, NCP has 42, Shiv Sena and Congress have 10 each, MNS has two and AIMIM has one corporator. Two corporators each from BJP, NCP and Congress were absent during the election, as was the sole AIMIM corporator, while MNS corporators abstained from voting.
The same votes were recorded during the election for the deputy mayor’s post and the winner was BJP corporator Saraswati Shendge, who defeated NCP corporator Chandbi Haji Nadaf.
Mohol replaces BJP leader Mukta Tilak, who has been mayor since 2017, when the BJP came to power in the civic body for the first time. Tilak recently won the state Assembly election from Kasba seat.
Shedge succeeds RPI (A) leader Siddarth Dhende, who was elected to PMC on a BJP symbol. While the election results were along expected lines, considering the BJP’s majority in the House, all eyes were on how corporators in the Sena would vote, as the new alliance in the state was receiving finishing touches.
This is, however, not the first time that the NCP and Sena have joined hands in the PMC. Back in 2007, in what came to be known as the ‘Pune pattern’ experiment, NCP and Sena ruled the civic body together for two years.
But the two parties went their separate ways ahead of the 2009 Assembly elections.
Meanwhile, by abstaining from voting, the MNS chose to support neither the BJP nor the NCP candidate.
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