Clean city, bet­ter trans­port on KDMC mayor’s agenda

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KALYAN: Newly-elected mayor Ra­jen­dra Devlekar has a list of things he’d like to do as mayor and he prom­ises to com­plete it be­fore his ten­ure is up.

“Top of my agenda are keep­ing the city clean, bet­ter trans­port and de­vel­op­ing roads. I will com­plete the pend­ing projects. The Shiv Sena has pub­lished its agenda for the next five years. I will be sure to com­plete all of them in my ten­ure,” said Devlekar, a third-time cor­por­ta­tor.

Shiv Sena nominee Ra­jen­dra Devlekar, 48, was elected un­op­posed to the mayor’s post of Kalyan-Dom­bivli Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (KDMC) on Wed­nes­day. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) can­di­date Rahul Damle with­drew his nom­i­na­tion, fa­cil­i­tat­ing Devlekar’s win.

Shiv Sena’s Ra­jesh More and BJP’s Vishal Pavshe with­drew their nom­i­na­tions for the deputy mayor’s post, al­low­ing BJP’s Vikram Tare to win un­op­posed. The new deputy mayor, Vikram Tare, is a sec­ond-time cor­po­ra­tor.

“I am look­ing for­ward to im­ple­ment what the BJP has planned for the cities. The party has al­ready started rais­ing funds to im­ple­ment its projects,” said Tare.

The elec­tion pro­ce­dure went off smoothly.

The nine Ma­ha­rash­tra Navnir­man Sena (MNS) cor­po­ra­tors along with an in­de­pen­dent cor­po­ra­tor, who is sup­port­ing the party, were ab­sent in for the elec­tion.

Shiv Sena chief Ud­dhav Thack­eray vis­ited the civic body head­quar­ters and con­grat­u­lated the party’s new mayor and the deputy mayor.

“It was ob­vi­ous that the mayor will be from our party. The al­liance with the BJP is for do­ing de­vel­op­men­tal works in the KDMC. The new mayor will con­tinue the work car­ried out by our party. We de­cided to end our tiff to work to­gether for the cities’ de­vel­op­ment for the next five years,” said Thack­eray.

On the 27 vil­lages which played a vi­tal role in the KDMC elec­tions, he said: “We will re­main firm on what­ever de­ci­sions we have taken for the 27 vil­lages.”

Sena wants the vil­lages to be un­der the KDMC. Chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fadnavis had an­nounced that a sep­a­rate civic body would be formed for the 27 vil­lages.

Sev­eral se­nior lead­ers from both the Sena and BJP were present for the may­oral elec­tion.

Af­ter the elec­tion, the mayor and the deputy mayor took out a pro­ces­sion on KDMC head­quar­ters’ premises with thou­sands of party work­ers.

RISHIKESH CHOUD­HARY

Newly-elected mayor Ra­jen­dra Devlekar is sur­rounded by his fam­ily af­ter his win on Wed­nes­day.

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