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BMC Elections: Race hots up for Ward Committee chief posts

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Mumbai: As the date to claim majority in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is nearing, political parties are using all possible tactics to get enrolled as member or presidents of various Committees. Just like the members of Standing Committee or Improvement Committee, the Chairman of the Ward Committee also enjoys a similar importance.

This post is considered to be the most prestigious as majority of the development and civic proposals pertaining to the wards are passed under the chairmanship of the concerned Ward Committee Chairman.

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There is a much speculation over who would be crowned as the Chairman of the 24 wards. The Chairman of the Ward Committee is appointed subject to the number of corporators of a particular party in the concerned ward.

Going by this calculation method, the R-South ward that covers areas like Kandivali West and Charkop has a total number of 13 corporators. Out of these, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won 10 seats while the Shiv Sena has two followed by Congress that has clinched only a single seat. In this situation, the R-South ward will undoubtedly get its Chairman from the BJP which earlier was from the Congress party.

Similarly, in L ward that covers Kurla has seen victory to the Sena with a total of five corporators followed by the Congress and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) that have bagged three seats each. The BJP and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have also got two seats each followed by a single independent corporator. The results of this ward have cleared the decks for Sena to rule in this ward as the Ward Committee Chairman.

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Even the S and the T Wards (Bhandup and Mulund) are likely to get their Chairmen from the BJP as the saffron party has successfully bagged nine seats while its former allies Sena have clinched eight seats. In these wards, the Congress and the NCP have been limited to two and one seats, respectively.

Below is the chart which shows who will be the next ward chairman in the following wards of Mumbai:

Area – Colaba and Kamatipura (A, B and E wards)

Present Chairman- Shahana Rizwan Khan

  • BJP-3
  • SS-3
  • ABS-1
  • INDEPNDENT-1
  • SP-1

As ABS corporator Geeta Gavli is supporting BJP the newly elected ward chairman will be from BJP as the total corporators here becomes four.

Area- Bhuleshwar and Mumbadevi (C and D ward)

Present Chairman- Sarita Patil

  • BJP-7
  • SS-1
  • Congress-1
  • Newly corporators will be from BJP

 Area- Parel and Wadala (F- north and South ward)

Present Chairman- Hemangi Chemburkar

  • BJP-3
  • CONGRESS-4,
  • SS-10
  • Newly elected ward chairman will be from Sena

 Area- Mahim and Dharavi (G/ south ward)

Present Chairman- Hemlata Wange

  • SS-6
  • MNS-1

Newly elected chairman will be from Sena

 Area- Dadar (East) (G/ north ward)

Present chairman- Sudhi Jadhav

  • SS-6
  • BJP-1
  • CONGRESS-2
  • MNS-1
  • Newly elected chairman will be from Sena

 Area- Bandra, Santacruz and Vileparle (H/e and H/w ward).

Present chairman- Caron D’mello.

  • BJP-3
  • SS-9
  • NCP-2
  • MIM-1
  • Newly elected chairman will be from Sena

Area- Andheri west (K/west ward)

Present Chairman- Sanjay Pawar

  • SS-3
  • BJP-7
  • CONGRESS-2
  • IND-1
  • Newly elected chairman will be from BJP

 Area- Kurla (L/ ward)

Present Chairman- Leena Shukla

  • SS-5
  • BJP-2
  • CONGRESS-3
  • MNS-3
  • NCP-2
  • INDEPNDENT-1

Newly chairman will be from Sena

Area- Mankhurd (M/ east ward)

Present Chairman- Kerunnisa Hussain

  • BJP-1
  • SS-6
  • CONGRESS-1
  • SP-5
  • MIM-1
  • NCP-1

Newly chairman will be from Sena

Area- Chembur and Tilak Nagar(M/WEST ward)

Present chairman- Dipa Parab

  • BJP-4
  • SS-1
  • CONGRESS-1
  • Newly chairman will be from BJP

 Area- Ghatkopar (N/ ward)

Present Chairman-Harun khan

  • SS-3
  • BJP-3
  • MNS-2
  • NCP-2
  • IND-1
  • While in N ward as BJP and Sena has a tie , other parties will be kingmaker for chairman selection

Area- Goregaon (P/south ward)

Present Chairman- Wachanna Chavan

  • BJP 6
  • SS 3

Newly chairman will be from BJP

Area- Dindoshi and (P/north ward)

Present Chairaman- Dhyanmurti Sharma

  • BJP-8
  • CONGRESS-4
  • SS-4
  • INDE-1
  • NCP-1

Newly chairman will be from BJP

 Area- Kandivali (R/south ward)

Present Chairaman- Yogesh Bhoir

  • BJP 10
  • SS 2
  • CONGRESS 1

Newly chairman will be from BJP

Area- Boriavali (W) and Dahisar (R/central and R/ north ward)

Present chairman- Sheetal Mhatre

  • SS-9
  • BJP-8
  • CONGRESS-1

Newly chairman will be from Sena

 Area- Bhandup, Vikhroli and Mulund (S and T ward)

Present Chairman- Suresh Khoparkar.

  • BJP-9
  • SS-8
  • CONGRESS-2
  • NCP-1

 Newly chairman will be from BJP.