Nanda Jichkar elected 52nd Mayor; Deepraj Pardikar is Dy Mayor

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Mar 2017 10:46:51


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Jichkar won by a huge margin of 82 votes while Pardikar defeated his rival by 80 votes

Swearing in ceremony on March 6

Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) Mayoral nominee Nanda Jichkar has been elected as 52nd Mayor of the Orange City on Sunday at historic Town Hall, Mahal. The party candidate for Deputy Mayor’s post Deepraj Pardikar has also been elected as Deputy Mayor of the city.
Jichkar, a highly qualified academician, defeated her nearest rival and Congress nominee Sneha Nikose by a huge margin of 82 votes while Pardikar defeated Congress candidate Nitish Gwalbanshi by a margin of 80 votes. Bahujan Samaj Party’s Mayoral candidate Vandana Chandekar and Deputy Mayoral candidate Narendra Walde received 10 votes each.

District Collector Sachin Kurve presided over the election process organised by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). In the House of 151 members, Nanda Jichkar and Pardikar bagged 108 votes each. Congress candidate Sneha Nikose bagged only 26 votes as three members of the party were absent during the election of Mayor while Nitish Gwalbanshi received 28 votes as only one member of the Congress was absent during his election. The Congress has a total strength of 29 members in the House while BSP has total 10 members. Three members remained neutral during election of Mayor and her Deputy.

The election process began at 10.30 am on Sunday. NMC administration had received nomination forms of three candidates- Nanda Jichkar of BJP, Vandana Raju Chandekar of BSP and Sneha Vivek Nikose of Congress. Secretary Harish Dube informed the House regarding the nomination papers. The members cast their votes by raising hands. The staff of civic body personally obtained signature of the members presents in the House and also videographed the entire process.

At the time of Mayor’s election, Mangala Gaware of Shiv Sena,Harish Gwalbanshi, Gargi Chopra and Julfikar Bhutto of Congress were absent in the House. Gaware did not turn up in both the elections but Gwalbanshi and Bhutto reached during election process of Mayor but Presiding officer refused them to cast their votes. Kishor Kumeria of Shiv Sena, Independent corporator Abha Pande and Duneshwar Pethe of NCP adopted neutral stance in the election of Mayor and Deputy Mayor. Gwalbanshi and Bhutto cast their vote in the election of Deputy Mayor. Gargi Prashant Chopra has resigned from the membership of the House but her resignation letter was in process.

It may be mentioned that BJP received tremendous majority in the civic body election held recently. The party bagged total 108 seats out of total 151 seats in NMC. The Congress was reduced to only 29 corporators while BSP has only 10 members in the House.
After completing the process of both the elections, Presiding Officer Sachin Kurve welcomed Mayor and Deputy Mayor by presenting them a bouquet. Nanda Jichkar, accompanied by Ruling Party leader in NMC Sandip Joshi and outgoing Mayor Pravin Datke, welcomed the members and expressed gratitude towards them.

After Jichkar took over as Chairman of the meeting, process for selection of Standing Committee members was initiated. BJP leader Sandip Joshi and BSP leader Mohd Jamal handed over the sealed envelop to Mayor while Congress leader Sanjay Mahakalkar asked some time to submit their names. Secretary Harish Dube read the names in the House.