Three member system in municipal elections; state govt announces its decision

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The much awaited decision on the ward structure for the forthcoming municipal elections was taken in the cabinet meeting held today. The forthcoming elections will have three member ward system. A decision today was finalised by the state government and soon official notification shall be released.

Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar was promoting two ward system while Eknath Shinde for four member ward. The decision was kept on hold for all these days and today in the meeting it was decided to have three member system in the upcoming elections. A month ago it was decided that the elections would be held on single ward system. Also, the final decision on three member system is officially yet to be arrived. Municipal Councils.

Apart from Mumbai, all other municipal Corporations such as Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad, Kolhapur, Solapur and others the elections would be held on three member system. This also symbolises that the elections would be held in February 2022.

Work on forming ward limitations is also gearing up and soon a confirm decision would be taken over the issue by the state government. This would give a clearer picture for the aspiring candidates.

Pune City President Bharatiya Janata Party Jagdish Mulik on the three member system said, “There has been delay in announcing this decision by the state government. But seeing that all three parties in the Mahavikas Aghadi the delay was expected. Whether the ward has two / three members, PMC elections would be won by BJP undoubtedly. In the last five years we have completed several impending projects such as water supply, metro, Bhama Askhed project, introducing more PMPML buses, creating best health facilities, gardens, recreational facilities, Atal Bihari Vajpayee Medical College have been completed while many are on the verge of completion. House to house meetings, understanding the problems of the citizens and resolving them has already begun.”

Sahil Kedari, president, OBC Cell, Pune City District Congress Committee said, “The recent change in the ward structure might be a boon to the existing candidate. The new candidates would have to work hard. Also the decision on what reservation each ward gets needs to be carefully seen.”

Prashant Jagtap, president, Nationalist Congress party, Pune said, “it is indeed a well thought decision. There are rumours that NCP is against this division and making three ward system. But, I would stress that despite the change, NCP is confident that it will win with majority and soon PMC would see a NCP’s Mayor.”

Yogesh Sasane, Spokesperson, Nationalist Congress Party, Pune said, “I welcome this decision of three member system. This will definitely change the power game in the corporation. In the last five years, Puneites have seen the development of the city and have realised their mistake. But with three member system MahavikasAghadi is confident of its win in the upcoming elections.”

Murlidhar Mohol, Mayor, Pune Municipal Corporation said, “In the last elections there was four member system. Today, again MahaVikas Aghadi took another decision took a new decision of making a three member ward. No matter what the ward structure, BJP in Pune is confident of winning the elections in majority like the previous one.”