Political parties can start planning candidates for each ward on Monday as the State Election Commission (SEC) will draw lots to decide which of the 227 wards will be reserved for the February 2017 BMC polls. On Monday , the SEC will also announce the new ward boundaries but the delimitation would be finalized only after citizen’s suggestions and objections are heard.
Many corporators hope to contest from their neighbouring wards if they lose their wards to reservation.
Congress corporator from Kalina and BMC standing committee member Brian Miranda said if his ward is reserved, the only option for him would be to contest from Vakola. “In 2012, I fought the elections from Kalina although I am from Vakola. If my ward is reserved, I will be keen to contest from Vakola,“ Miranda said.
MNS party leader in BMC Sandeep Deshpande said there is a lot of anxiety over the reservation of wards. “It is not the delimitation, but the reservation of wards that has kept us on tenterhooks. Only once the lots are drawn would the further line of action be decided,“ said Deshpande.
The MNS has 28 corporators, the Congress 52, the Shiv Sena 75, the BJP 31 and the NCP 13.
amar ujala newspaper 03/10/2016 : http://epaper.amarujala.com/