Ruling allies get 7 members,oppn 6
With the MNS,BJP and Shiv Sena joining hands to make it a new political equation in the city,the opposition parties managed to get six of its candidate elected to the education board of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) while restricting the ruling alliance of NCP,Congress and an RPI faction to seven members in the panel
All the 13 were elected unopposed to the board on Friday after other candidates of various parties withdrew from the fray as part of a political understanding among themselves. This is the second time in five years the civic body has seen a new political alliance. After 2005 polls the Pune Pattern had come into being after NCP joined hands with BJP and Sena.
Four candidates of NCP,two of Congress,one of RPI,three of BJP,two of MNS and one of Shiv Sena were elected to the board. The NCP is likely to bag the post of chairperson of the board which is presently held by Sangeeta Tiwari of the Congress.
Those elected include Ravi Chaudhari,Baba Dhumal,Rajendra Kate and Vasanti Kakade of the NCP,Amit Murkute and Narendra Vyavhare of the Congress,Balasaheb Janrav of the RPI,Manjushree Khardekar,Raghu Gauda and Kiran Kamble of the BJP,Vanita Tatke and Ram Borkar of MNS,Shirish Phadtare of the Shiv Sena.
The state government would nominate two experts on the panel to make it a 15-member education board.
The consensus among the political parties benefited the BJP among opposition parties and RPI in the ruling alliance.
If elections were held,then the BJP could have managed to get only two of its members on the board owing to the strength it has in the civic general body.
Also,there was no chance for RPI to get its candidate elected on the board with only two corporators in the general body.