Rajesh Gavre-backed Shikshak Aghadi Panel pocketed 21 seats out of 25 total seats. The Lok Kranti Panel, backed by Ruling Party Leader Dayashankar Tiwari, had to be content with just 4 seats.
Nagpur: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the ruling party in Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), suffered a setback when the party-backed panel tasted a big defeat in the triennial Teachers’ Association elections held on Sunday (December 27). The Rajesh Gavre-backed Shikshak Aghadi Panel pocketed 21 seats out of 25 total seats. The Lok Kranti Panel, backed by Ruling Party Leader Dayashankar Tiwari, had to be content with just 4 seats. With this massive victory, the Shikshak Aghadi Panel retained its power at the NMC Teachers’ Association. In the last elections held in 2012, the panel had decimated Tiwari’s panel by bagging 22 out of 25 seats.
The voting for 25 posts in the NMC Teachers’ Association was held on December 27 with percentage being 75.42. The counting of votes had commenced on the same night but with slight difference of margins in four seats, the Lok Kranti Panel had forced recounting on Monday (December 28) leading to withholding of results. The recounting resulted in the Lok Kranti panel registering victories in these four seats. The President of Shikshak Aghadi Rajesh Gavre recorded a resounding win against Rajesh Thakre, a close aide of Dayashankar Tiwari. Rajesh Gavre was polled 571 votes while Rajesh Thakre got 384 votes. Similarly, the Secretary Devrao Mandavkar and Treasurer Manvinder Kaur Lamba emerged victorious with margins of 36 votes and 74 votes respectively.
Speaking after the results were out, Rajesh Gavre said that the massive victory for his Shikshak Aghadi was on expected lines as the panel had initiated several beneficial measures for teachers in NMC. That is why the panel has been voted to power to rule the Teachers’ Association for the next three years. The BJP is ruling from “Galli to Delhi.” In this background, the victory of Shikshak Aghadi is significant, asserted Gavre.
Gavre further said, “The defeat was not of Lok Kranti Panel but of Tiwari and other BJP leaders who adopted all possible means to ensure victory for their panel. They even took advantage of being in power in the NMC.”
Rajeev Ranjan Kushwaha ( rajeev.nagpurtoday@g