A third front led by Abhay Bhor, president of Federation of Small Scale Industries, hopes to make its presence felt in the upcoming local body election in Pimpri Chinchwad. Bhor, while speaking to The Indian Express, said the front would have people who have “worked tirelessly” in the creation of the industrial township but have failed to get political mileage.
The need for a third bloc, Bhor said, was felt given the way the politics of Pimpri Chinchwad had “failed to produce a leader who could lead the area”. The area, which has the largest concentration of industries, has not seen any minister since its formation, he said. One of the richest municipal corporations in the country, the civic body had failed to be the voice of the common man, he added.
“Ours is an industrial township but the question of industries is rarely reflected in the political dialogue. We want to ensure the political dialogue of the local body is all-encompassing and inclusive,” he said.
Bhor said they plan to enter the local body polls under the banner of Pimpri Chinchwad Vikas Aghadi. Asked about the involvement of money power which seems to have become an endemic to elections, Bhor said everything can’t be measured through money. “Our volunteers and members are there in each and every ward. They would be ready to man the booths and perform the necessary ground work,” he said.
Bhor said the front is confident of putting up candidates in 122 wards. The candidates, he said, would be from the
industrial and social sector along with other walks of life. “All we want is commitment towards the social sector along with the will to work for the people,” he said.
When asked if he thought that the idea of a third front seemed romantic and doomed to fail, he said, “Many people who have worked for the betterment of the city have failed to get any representation. Our main aim is to unite such people and provide them a platform to work with.”
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