PMC corporators gear up for DPDC elections on Feb 8
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The political parties in Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) are all set to lock horns to elect representatives to District Planning and Development Committee (DPDC), the elections for which are scheduled on February 8. The results will be declared on February 9.
Of the 39 members to be elected to DPDC, 10 members will be from PMC. All the 152 corporators of the PMC are eligible to contest for the membership of DPDC. The committee has an annual budget of around Rs 300 crore and is headed by guardian minister, presently, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar. The MLAs and MLCs are the permanent members of the committee.
Going by the strength of the parties in PMC, it is certain that ruling NCP will manage to get at least three seats in the committee while alliance partner at least one. The opposition parties MNS, BJP and Shiv Sena depending on their strength are likely to bag one each seat. However, four of the ten seats are likely to see stiff competition.
To bag one more seat each, MNS needs one vote, Congress two, BJP four and NCP 8.
The schedule for submission of nomination forms is between January 18 and 22. There are as many as 567 members who can contest for the posts, of which 152 are from PMC, 128 from PCMC, 75 from zilla parishad and 212 from municipal councils.
Of the 39 seats, zilla parishad members will contest for 18 seats, both the municipal corporations for 20 seats (10 each) and the municipal council members for one seat. "One of the members from Bhor taluka has not completed his term, so the elections will only be for 39 seats as against 40 this year, said a district official.
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