Mumbai – The Shiv Sena has handed over the responsibilities of the BMC to the ‘Wanis’ as it has placed the civic administration in the hands of people belonging to this community. Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, standing committee chairman Ramesh Korgaonkar, improvements committee candidate Anant alias Bala Nar are all the members of this community which is known as Vaishya Wani. This is also stated to be the futuristic gameplan of Sena to beat its recent rival, the BJP.
Prof Vishwanath Mahadeshwar became the Mayor of the city at the last minute and the city got its first citizen from the Vaishya Wani community. This community also got another important position in the form of Shubhada Gudekar who has been made chairperson of education committee. As it might not be enough for the community, the Sena placed another community member, Ramesh Korgaonkar, on the post of standing committee chairman.
Soon the city witnessed two more nominations from this community on the posts of chairpersons of the improvements committee and the BEST committee in the form of Anant Nar and Anil Kokil.
Now, the entire civic administration except the post of deputy mayor is being handled by the Vaishya Wani community members. It happened even after the caste validity committee had cancelled the caste certificate of Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar who got elected this time from the open category seat.
Once CR’s mono operator, now standing committee chief
Standing committee chairman Ramesh Korgaonkar used to work as a mono operator in the Central Railway’s Byculla printing press. After 23 years of service, Korgaonkar resigned from his service to contest the civic elections in 2002. Since then, Korgaonkar is getting elected and presently he is serving his fourth term as corporator. Earlier also, the employee of Central Railway had got coveted post of mayor in the form of Snehal Ambekar who husband was working in the Matunga workshop of Central Railway and whose husband Suryakant Ambekar was the office-bearer of the local Lokadhikar Committee.
Nar, Kokil get elected unopposed
The Congress party did not field its candidates for the election of improvements committee and BEST committee as it did in the case of the standing committee and education committee. It automatically paved the way for Sena’s Bala Nar and Anil Kokil to get elected unopposed on these posts. Meanwhile, there is discontent in Sena workers as a fresh corporators is being awarded the responsibility of BEST committee and the rival BJP is reportedly prepared to trap Kokil in his new innings.