Pimpri – With the exception of Mumbai, Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, Pune and other Municipal Corporations in the state have finally been sealed with a three member ward system. The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, prompting a “countdown” to the Pimpri-Chinchwad municipal elections in February. The NCP has played a three-member ward system. In the last elections, the BJP had a big advantage over the four-member ward system. Now that the three-member NCP will benefit, the BJP has started painting such discussions.
The general election of Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation is taking place in February 2022. For this, the Election Commission had started the formation of one-member ward last month. However, the Mahavikas Aghadi government had made preparations for holding elections in multi-member ward system except Mumbai. The Shiv Sena demanded a four-member ward system, while the NCP insisted on a two-member ward system and the Congress a one-member ward system. After settling the issue, it has been decided to hold elections in three places except Mumbai.
Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation was elected in the year 2002 by three member ward system. Considering the situation at that time, it was a battle between the Congress and the NCP. The townspeople did not give a majority to anyone in this fight. However, the number of NCP members contesting the first elections had increased significantly. Therefore, the three-member ward system will benefit the NCP, it is claimed at the local level.
In the 2012 by-elections, the NCP benefited the most. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was the biggest beneficiary of the four-member ward system in 2017. Although it will be clear only after the polls, who will benefit from the three-member ward system, the NCP and the BJP are already working for an equal fight in the city.
Ward composition will be important
The importance of ward formation has increased once again as the elections for the Municipal Corporation will be held in a three-member system. The results will depend on the public relations and influence of the candidate as well as the party’s turnout. Slum voters are also likely to be targeted in the three-member ward system, and the results will be calculated on how the slums are matched in the ward structure for a single ballot.