Nagpur: With festival season over, poll winds have started blowing in the district as well as state. First in the scene are four-phased elections to 192 Nagar Parishads in State including nine in Nagpur district beginning from November 28. The nine Nagar Parishads in the district are Kamptee, Umred, Katol, Kalmeshwar, Mohpa, Ramtek, Narkhed, Khapa and Saoner.
The first phase of elections to 147 Nagar Parishads and 18 Nagar Panchayats will be held on November 28, another 14 Nagar Parishads will go to polls on December 14. The third phase of polls to 20 Nagar Parishads and two Nagar Panchayats have been slated for December 18, while the voters in the remaining 11 Nagar Parishads including nine in Nagpur district will exercise their franchise on January 8, 2017. Counting of votes will be done on January 9, 2017.
It is for the first time in the history of local bodies, Presidents of 192 Nagar Parishads would be elected directly by the voters.
Moreover, the biennial elections to the Maharashtra Legislative Council from 6 Local Authorities’ Constituendes are scheduled to be held on November 19 for which process has already commenced. Bhandara-cum-Gondia Local Authorities’ Constituency in Nagpur Division is one of the sis constituencies the others being Yavatmal Local Authorities’ Constituency, Jalgaon, Sangli-cum-Satara, Nanded and Pune Local Authorities Constituency. The elections are being held due to retirement of sitting members.
There would be no respite of sorts for voters even after conclusion of Nagar Parishad elections. The political atmosphere will remain charged as elections of Nagpur Municipal Corporation and Zilla Parishad will follow suit one after another.
With the election winds blowing in right earnest, aspiring candidates in thousands have braced themselves up and making beeline to the party offices of their respective political outfits to grab tickets. They are leaving no stone unturned to stake claim of their candidacy victory chances notwithstanding.
Out of the nine poll-bound Nagar Parishads in the district, Kamptee Nagar Parishad comes under Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, while Umred is stronghold of Congress Rural President Rajendra Mulak. City NCP President Anil Deshmukh holds a considerable clout in Katol, Mohpa, and Narkhed while Kalmeshwar is forte of NCP Rural President. Saoner is fort of the only Congress MLA in district Sunil Kedar and the Shiv Sena has quite an influence in Ramtek. The process for filing of nominations for nine Nagar Parishads in district will commence from December 9.
The nine Nagar Parishads could witness multi-cornered elections with curiosity at its peak for the direct election of Kamptee Nagar Parishad President.
All the major political parties are drawing winnable strategies. Possibility of BJP-Shiv Sena tie up could not be ruled out if the aspect of terms and conditions is hammered out “amicably.” On the other hand, Congress, NCP, Muslim League, JD-U, an Independent Group could be in the ring “together.”
– Rajeev Ranjan Kushwaha (email@example.com)