Nagpur: The scenario seems to depict the two major political parties – Congress and BJP – are sailing on the same boat and facing rough weather as well. BJP is treading the same path the Congress chose. The party is conspicuously delaying the naming of Executive for the city unit on the lines of Congress. One may call it a poilitical acumen or dreaded backlash the Congress has not announced a single office-bearer the day Vikas Thakre took the reins as City Congress Chief. The party is running its affairs as one-man army. On the other hand, BJP nominated around two dozen office bearers soon after Sudhakar Kohale assumed the charge as City BJP President. However, both the parties have been found hesitating in announcing the much awaited Executive.
The next year will witness elections to Nagpur Municipal Corporation. The BJP think tank is not in favour of a jumbo Executive to keep all-pleased. The number of members could be limited to a few influential cadres. The names to be included in the new Executive could possibly be decided by March end or beginninmg of April. In the last Executive of City BJP, a staggering 150 members found place. As the reins went into the hands of Sudhakar Kohale, the old Executive was dissolved. Even though Kohale announced names for important posts such as General Secretary, Organisation Secretary, Mandal Presidents, he chose not to declare the Executive. In the last Executive, the number of Vice Presidents were 45. However, this year the plan is to name only one Secretary and Vice President for each Mandal. Although the party is talking of a limited Executive, maximum BJP members could find place in the body ostensibly for the task of next NMC election.
Notably, the avoved line of BJP thinking is that those leaders who would be denied tickets for the next NMC election would be included in the Executive and their experience as well as influence would be tested in the civic body polls.
On the other hand, Congress seems to be jumping in the NMC poll ring without announcing the new Executive to quell the prospect of internal bickering. But this thinking could also boomerang as those aspiring to be included in the Executive may stay away from NMC election responsibilty.