While the civic election continues to be 14 months away, the NCP, which was ousted from the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) within the 2017 polls, appears to have already gone into election mode as it’s “importing” corporators and leaders from the BJP in a bid to wrest again energy from the saffron social gathering.
Ten days in the past, NCP chief Ajit Pawar had revealed at a press convention that a number of BJP leaders, corporators and MLAs had been keen to affix the social gathering. A few days later, a minimum of 4 corporators from Pimpri-Chinchwad met Ajit Pawar, triggering speculations that they’ll quickly be a part of the social gathering.
“It is true that some BJP corporators are going to join us. As per the latest figure, some four corporators and at least 40 BJP office-bearers are slated to join the NCP after the gram panchayat elections are over,” mentioned Sanjog Waghere, president of Pimpri-Chinchwad’s NCP unit.
Waghere mentioned the social gathering won’t disclose the names of anybody. “You will come to know about them at an appropriate time,” he mentioned.
BJP corporator Seema Savale, who has been sidelined by the social gathering, mentioned, “I have heard that some corporators from the BJP will be joining NCP. There have been speculations. I think some corporators are unhappy because they were not given any official positions…”.
Asked whether or not she has acquired any gives from the NCP, Savale mentioned, “Corporators keep getting offers from other parties, but we can’t disclose anything.”
Several BJP corporators are reportedly sulking after solely shut aides of MLAs Mahesh Landge and Laxman Jagtap had been appointed to key posts within the social gathering and PCMC.
The BJP, nonetheless, dismissed all such hypothesis. “There is no truth in it. One of the corporators who met Ajit Pawar recently is our next mayoral candidate… then why would he leave the party? Another Bhosari corporator, who met Ajit Pawar, told us that he met Pawar in connection with a function….corporators won’t leave the party as it would attract the anti-defection law,” mentioned Mahesh Landge, MLA and president of BJP’s Pimpri-Chinchwad unit.
NCP leaders mentioned in 2017, they misplaced the elections as two of the social gathering’s then key leaders — Jagtap and Landge — defected to the BJP and took a number of leaders with them. The BJP registered a landslide victory, with 76 of its corporators successful with good-looking margins.
“Many of those who had defected to the BJP are now feeling uncomfortable because of its divisive policies. These people know NCP is a nationalist party and it believes in taking everyone along in the path shown by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. And therefore, they want to return to their parent party,” mentioned an NCP chief.
The NCP had dominated PCMC for 15 years beneath the management of Ajit Pawar. The NCP had first dominated PCMC in alliance with the Congress, after which it had single-handedly dominated Pimpri-Chinchwad because the Congress’ power diminished.
When the NCP misplaced the civic elections within the ‘BJP wave’ of 2017, Ajit Pawar had admitted that the “defeat was unexpected”. He had mentioned the NCP misplaced regardless of finishing up improvement works in Pimpri-Chinchwad.
NCP leaders mentioned that in view of the defeat in 2017 elections, Pawar and the NCP have begun preparations a lot earlier than different events.
The Congress, in the meantime, doesn’t have a single corporator within the PCMC. All its candidates had misplaced within the 2017 elections. Prithviraj Sathe, the newly-appointed secretary of All India Congress Committee who hails from Pimpri-Chinchwad, mentioned, “The Congress is being revived in Pimpri-Chinchwad. It will soon have a president and a membership drive will be launched. We will fight the election in Pimpri-Chinchwad under the banner of the Maha Vikas Aghadi. We hope to wrest power from the BJP…”.
The Shiv Sena, which has 9 corporators, can be trying to tie up with the NCP and Congress within the civic election beneath the banner of the Maha Vikas Aghadi.