Pune Guardian Minister Girish Bapat will chair a special meeting of the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) to discuss various issues on Saturday.
The meeting assumes significance as this would be the first time a BJP minister will convene the meeting for the civic body, which has been an NCP stronghold for the past many terms.
Former deputy chief minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar has been known to take personal interest in the affairs of the PCMC.
When the NCP was in power, Pawar was the final decision-maker of the political affairs and developmental issues of the civic body.
However, despite being the guardian minister of the district, Bapat has been conspicuous by his absence in the PCMC while Pawar has been seen attending civic functions.
Insiders feel that PCMC could not make it to the 100 smart cities’ list as there is lack of communication between the civic body and the new political regime in the state.
In the Assembly elections, NCP failed to win even a single seat while the BJP and the Shiv Sena won a seat each from Pimpri-Chinchwad. BJP MLA from Chinchwad Laxman Jagtap, who was a close confidant of Pawar, had switched sides just before the elections. Incidentally, Jagtap still enjoys support of many NCP corporators who had openly defied the party to campaign for him. Party insiders say that Jagtap has facilitated Bapat’s meeting on Saturday.
The issues of closed pipeline, pending projects under JNNRUM and other issues would be on Bapat’s agenda. With the civic elections scheduled for 2017, the meeting is seen as BJP’s attempt at garnering support in the civic body.