Dissenting Congress group parades 16 corporators, wants Vanve as LoP

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 18 May 2017 10:36:39


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As per the directions of Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar, a faction of Congress corporators in Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) presented its members before Sudhir Shambharkar, Regional Deputy Director of Municipal Council Administration at Standing Committee Hall on Wednesday. As many as 16 corporators, out of a total 29 corporators belonging to Congress, supported Tanaji Vanve as group leader of the party in NMC. The final decision is expected to be taken by Divisional Commissioner on Thursday.


The 16 corporators are Praful Gudadhe-Patil, Dinesh Yadav, Sandeep Sahare, Julfikar Bhutto, Tanaji Vanve, Kamlesh Choudhari, Harshala Sable, Gargi Prashant Chopra, Purshottam Hazare, Bunty Shelke, Manoj Gawande, Parasram Manvatkar, Asha Uike, Dinesh Yadav, Pranita Shahane, Neha Rakesh Nikose, and Sayyeda Begam Ansari.
Earlier, the group claimed to have signature of Ramesh Punekar also, but he did not turn up before one man committee of Shambharkar.


Sources claimed that Tanaji Vanve group and Mahakalkar group will submit their letters to nominate one corporator on Thursday.
This has made factional feud within Congress fold even bitter as the earlier claim of present Leader of Opposition (LoP) Sanjay Mahakalkar about complete support of all Congress corporators turned hollow.


It may be mentioned that a group of Congress dissidents
submitted a letter to Divisional Commissioner on Tuesday
submitting a copy of no confidence proposal passed against present group leader and LoP Sanjay Mahakalkar. They had selected Tanaji Vanve, a senior corporator as Congress group leader. Meanwhile, Sanjay Mahakalkar also submitted a memorandum to Divisional Commissioner claiming that he had support of four members of dissidents group but three members out of four signed in presence of Shambharkar against him.


Additional Municipal Commissioner Dr. Ramnath Sonwane, on behalf of Municipal Commissioner Ashwin Mudgal will accept nomination papers filed by the parties to nominate members in the civic body. Dissenting group is trying to halt entry of Nagpur City Congress Committee President Vikas Thakre into civic body as nominated member after his crushing defeat in the civic body polls. Most of the corporators belong to former ministers Satish Chaturvedi, Nitin Raut and Anees Ahmed while Mahakalkar and Thakre belong to Vilas Muttemwar group. Even during NMC polls, the factional feud had damaged party’s prospects and there was distrust about each other.

The latest move has formalised the existing division within Congress.
If Divisional Commissioner changes the group leader then Tanaji Vanve may submit new name otherwise Sanjay Mahakalkar, present group leader, will submit name as per the directions of Congress