Thakre moves High Court opposing Jichkar’s proposed nomination

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Sep 2017 10:14:47


Staff Reporter,

City Congress President Vikas Thakre has challenged the move of Leader of Opposition and fellow Congressman Tanaji Vanve proposing name of Kishor Jichkar as nominated corporator in Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). The General Body meeting slated on September 15 will consider the issue and so far, the NMC administration had shown name of Kishor Jichkar as official Congress candidate for appointment as nominated Corporator.

Despite major setback during legal battle over issue of Opposition Leader, Thakre has decided to once again fight this political battle in the High Court against Satish Chaturvedi-Nitin Raut-Anees Ahmed faction. Thakre claimed that NMC administration erred in not mentioning his name as Congress nominee. The matter is slated for hearing on Wednesday before a division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice Arun Upadhye.

Vanve has proposed name of Kishor Jichkar while Vilas Muttemwar-Thakre loyalist Sanjay Mahakalkar had proposed name of Vikas Thakre as nominated corporator. Infact, the factional feud within Congress began over this move of rehabilitating Thakre in NMC and other factions ganged up against him and removed Mahakalkar from group leader’s post.

After a very detailed hearing, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on August 31 had dismissed a petition filed by Mahakalkar challenging appointment of Tanaji Vanve as Congress group leader and subsequently as Leader of the Opposition in Nagpur Municipal Corporation. Support of majority, absence of any constitution finalised by Municipal Party and extreme diligence shown by Divisional Commissioner in deciding the issue of leadership, demolished the case of Mahakalkar and had helped Vanve in trouncing his intra-party rival hands down.

The High Court had held that meeting convened by a group of 16 Congress corporators appointing Vanve in place of Mahakalkar, as Group leader, subsequent recognition by the Divisional Commissioner after ascertaining signature of each of the 16 corporators and decision of Mayor to recognise Vanve as Leader of Opposition, was valid, legal and in consonance with Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act and rules framed thereunder.