Pravin Prabhakar Datke and Ganesh (Munna) Pokulwar on Monday assumed the charge of Mayor and Deputy Mayor respectively. The accession ceremony, held in the Badminton Ground at NMC’s Central Office yard in Civil Lines, was attended by a host of top political personalities and NMC officials apart from a large number of citizens.
Those who graced the high-profile function included MLA Devendra Fadnavis, Leader of Opposition in NMC Vikas Thakre, MLC Nago Ganar, MLAs Krishna Khopde, Vikas Kumbhare, outgoing Mayor Anil Sole, outgoing Deputy Mayor Jaitunnabi Ansari, Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane, Shiv Sena District President Shekhar Sawarbandhe, MNS District President Hemant Gadkari, City Chief Pravin Barde, Chairman of Standing Committee Narendra (Balya) Borkar, Additional Commissioner Hemant Pawar, BSP Group Leader Murlidhar Meshram, Shiv Sena Leader Sheetal Gharat, RPI Bahumahasangh Leader Raju Lokhande, Rahul Telang, Muslim League Leader Aslam Khan, MNS Group Leader Shrawan Khapekar, former Mayor Archana Dehankar, Devrao Umredkar, Deputy Commissioners Achyut Hange, R Z Siddique, Pramod Bhusari and others.
Devendra Fadnavis, speaking on the occasion, said that NMC is an institute in the service of citizens. The Administration should be people-oriented and the new Mayor should strive for development of Nagpur and progress of citizens as well. The outgoing Mayor Anil Sole did an outstanding job during his two and a half year tenure and Datke should take forward the works in the interest of all. The new Mayor is full of energy and determination and he would achieve the overall development of the city and citizens in his tenure, said a confident Fadnavis. Fadnavis further said that he is happy to see a person of Munna Pokulwar’s caliber was taking the post of Deputy Mayor and extended his best wishes to him for the bright future.
Speaking after assuming the Mayor’s post, Datke vowed to continue the good works done by Nitin Gadkari, Devendra Fadnavis, and Anil Sole. Datke said his priorities would be water to every home, good roads, lights, and other basic amenities and at the same time resolving problems being faced by the citizens.
Munna Pokulwar said that he will be grateful to Nagpur Vikas Aghadi and other BJP leaders for saddling him on the post of Deputy Mayor despite being an Independent Corporator. “I will never let them down and work for development of Nagpur and its citizens,” said an elated Pokulwar.
The Leader of Opposition Vikas Thakre, City BJP President Krishna Khopde, outgoing Mayor Anil Sole and others also spoke on the occasion.
Later, outgoing Mayor Anil Sole handed over his charge to newly elected Mayor Pravin Datke in his chamber. Similarly, outgoing Deputy Mayor handed over her charge to newly elected Deputy Mayor Munna Pokulwar.
Others who attended the ceremony include Pratibhatai and Pravarda, mother and wife of Pravin Datke respectively, BJP State Spokesman Girish Vyas, Dr Upendra Kothekar, Sanjay Bhende, Pramod Pendke, other eminent personalities, officials, Chairmen of all Zones, Corporators, and a large number of citizens.