DIFFERENCES among the city Congress unit have come to the fore with senior party leaders urging the state Congress chief to replace the city unit chief, deputy mayor and party leader in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) as the party faces a tough challenge in the forthcoming 2017 civic elections. The state Congress chief Ashok Chavan had called a meeting of senior party leaders in Mumbai after deputy mayor Ulhas Bagul refused to step down from his post despite instructions from the party.
“I have submitted my resignation of deputy mayor to the state Congress chief, but clarified that the party should be careful in taking decisions before the civic elections in 2017. The Congress is in alliance with the NCP at PMC and had made arrangement of sharing of various offices, but the NCP is unlikely to keep their promise of giving post of chairperson of standing committee to Congress,” Bagul later informed the state Congress chief.
Senior party leaders urged that the Congress should replace the city unit chief and party leader in PMC along with the deputy mayor. “The party needs a major reshuffle in the city ahead of the civic polls so that it can take on the challenge posed by various other political parties.”
All major political parties have started reshuffling the city unit as a preparation for the 2017 civic polls. So, the Congress should also carry out necessary changes in its leadership, according to senior leaders.
In 2012, the NCP emerged as the single largest party and joined hands with the Congress to retain power in PMC. The Congress that held its hold in the civic body till 2007 has seen its strength declining in the civic body while the NCP, MNS have seen a surge in elected representatives.