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EMERGENCE OF A NEW POLITICAL POWER IN THE CITY – VIJAY CHOUGELE TAKES CHARGE AS STANDING COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN

vijay-chougele-2NCP corporator Vijay Chougele took charge as the Standing Committee Chairman. Not a single candidate from any other party dared to file their nominations against VC that led to him being elected unopposed. And with this has emerged a new political power in the city in the form of Vijay Chougele. Vijay Chougele took charge as the Standing Committee Chairman in NMMC today. In his first addressal as Chairman, Vijay Chougele said that slum rehabilitation, slum free city, tourist spot at GavliDevi, Digha Railway Station and acquiring the pond at Iltanpada, Digha will be his priorities as Standing Committee Chairman. Hinting at what the administration should expect when he conducts the meets in the future, Vijay Chougele said that he might resort to abuse but officials should forgive him, as he will be pursuing public work. He said that he would also check bad quality civic works in the city. Former Standing Committee Chairman Dr. Jayaji Nath kept the felicitation proposal, which was seconded by Mahadev Thorat. All the members of the standing committee congratulated Vijay Chougele. In his congratulatory address, SC member and Congress leader Ramakant Mhatre said that last year the Standing Committee did not debate on issues and expected that this year a chance of discussions will be given by the new chairman. He pointed out that many people think that by giving Vijay Chougele the post of SCC, the political fight that he had put up would be checked but this will not happen and hoped that he would take greater political leaps. Vithal More pointed out that he could not contest the chairman elections as there was no one to second his candidature, but such is the skill of Vijay Chougele as a political leader that he even managed Ramakant Mhatre and the Congress party who did not even fight the elections. The most significant point is that none of the political parties had a candidate to match the power of Vijay Chougele and hence, not a single candidate dared to file a nomination against him. The prominent one who came to felicitate Vijay Chougele included Mathadi leader Narendra Patil. Undoubtedly, a clear point was made at the Standing Committee meet today – that Vijay Chougele is a man of all political parties and has emerged as the new political power of the city.

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