The BMC's new improvements committee chairman, Shiv Sena’s Anant (Bala) Nar, has been a newspaper vendor earlier.
Nar, who was nominated for the post by the Shiv Sena, got the majority votes, and won unopposed. No other party fielded a candidate. This is the first time that a newspaper vendor has become a corporator and now will head a civic committee.
Nar was elected from ward no 77 and won the corporator's seat from the ward for the second time in a row. Last year, he was elected as a chairman of the works committee (suburban).
In 2012, before he being elected as a corporator, he had a business selling newspapers. Nar says his brother looks after the newspaper business for the last decade.
About his new role, Nar says, “Rates of homes in Mumbai are increasing and people cannot afford them anymore. I think BMC should do something regarding this."