Nagpur News: Political atmosphere in Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) is witnessing a heat as race for bagging three posts of Trusties is in full swing. The tenure of three Trusties is ending on June 15 and the aspirants for the “bountiful” posts are leaving no stones unturned to be in the chairs. The three Trusties whose tenure is coming to an end are Congress MLA Dinanath Padole, Anant Gharad, a Trusty from Congress quota and Kishore Kanhere, who became Trusty from NCP quota.
Kishore Kanhere bagged the coveted post of Trusty on the basis of his reach and close proximity with PWD Minister Chhagan Bhujbal even though he was not an active NCP worker. But this time, the post will probably be filled by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar who is at the helm and calling the shots in State affairs on behalf of NCP. The nomination of Prakash Gajbhiye as an MLC from Governor’s quota is a sharp pointer to Pawar powers. According to sources, Ajit Pawar is likely to seal the name recommended by NCP Minister Anil Deshmukh.
On the other hand, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan will decide the name for Trusty in place of Anant Gharad and the recommendation of Congress Minister Rajendra Mulak, a close supporter of the CM, will decide the next nominee. Now, whether Mulak nominates a right hand among his colleagues or a common worker is to be seen. Time will reveal the next Trusty from Congress quota. There is also talk of Gharad seeking a second tenure but being a rival of Chief Minister, the talk will remain just a talk. No second tenure for Gharad is a certainty. The next Trusty could be from West Nagpur as Rajendra Mulak has been eying the constituency for the coming Assembly elections. Hence inclusion of a large rural portion into Metro Region was a well-planned strategy.
Saoner MLA Sunil Kedar could be choice in place of South Nagpur MLA Dinanath Padole if and only if Padole is not offered a second chance. In this case, the excitement will surely focus on selection of nominee in place of Padole.