Saturday, January 21, 2012

[ZESTCaste] No reservations in using reservations

No reservations in using reservations
Proshun Chakraborty, TNN | Jan 21, 2012, 04.58AM IST

NAGPUR: With less than a month left for the municipal corporation
elections, hectic lobbying is on for tickets in all the political
parties. After the prabhag system in place, the city is now divided
into 72 prabhags comprising 145 wards. Many corporators have lost
their wards due to reservation for women, SC, ST and OBC candidates.
Now, they are scouting for new wards, with parties likely to
"rehabilitate" many of them.

Sitting corporator Manoj Sangole, whose ward has now been reserved for
SC woman, is likely to field his wife Savita Sangole from the ward,
while he is trying to seek ticket to contest from the neighbouring
open ward on Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) ticket, which is in
prabhag number 5.

Just a month before, Sangole was expecting ticket from NCP. In fact,
he was asking for four tickets - two each from prabhag number 2 and 5,
respectively - which the party denied. If Sangole fails to get all the
four tickets from NCP, then he plans to contest election as

Political sources, said that Sangole, wanting to teach a lesson to
sitting RPI corporator (Nari ward number 2) Heera Gedam, is fielding
his wife. Gedam had reportedly slapped Sangole over a trivial issue.
Angry over the humiliation meted out to him, Sangole is deliberately
fielding his wife, the source added.

Denying all the allegations, Sangole said that he had plans to develop
the otherwise neglected North Nagpur which badly needs proper civic

During his two terms as corporator, Sangole became famous for the work
that he did in his ward. In the 2002 elections, he contested from
prabhag number 5. "During my 2002-2007 tenures, I brought about lot of
development in my area. This will definitely help me contest from the
similar prabhag," Sangole claimed. Interestingly, Sangole is also
fielding one of his supporters Rakesh Nikose along with his wife.

"During my five year tenure as Nalanda Nagar corporator, I developed
NMC's Kapil Nagar school, a library and constructed cement roads. My
ward (no. 8 which now falls in prabhag number 2) was considered the
most neglected. I have plans to construct a swimming pool and a
skating ring for NMC students," Sangole claimed. All the work done in
the past will help the duo (Savita Sangole and Rakesh Nikose) win the
civic polls as people will consider the work done before casting their
vote, he added.

Sitting RPI (A) corporator Prakash Gondane, who will be contest on
Congress ticket from prabhag number 5, said that Sangole was no
competition to him. "Considering the amount of development work done,
people will definitely vote in my favour," Gondane claimed.

Independent corporators will get less time to canvass because they
will be allotted symbols only on February 4, just 12 days before the
elections. Reacting to this, Sangole said, "It won't affect him or the
other candidates. People in these two prabhag know me for my work."

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