The NMMC General Body tabled a proposal to felicitate its Opposition Leader Vijay Chougule on being appointed as the first Chairman of the Wadar Community Board. It may be recalled that Chief Minister Devendra Fadavnis had made this announcement during an event in Sholapur where he also gave Vijay Chougule the status of a state Minister.
The state has not officially formed the committee and issued a GR in this regards. The committee has also been given a budget Rs. 100 Crore. During the felicitation proposal, Vijay Chougule’s colleagues in the house, who have known him for decades, showered praises on Vijay Chougule and his accomplishments despite some of the toughest political challenges. Speaking during the felicitation proposal, Vijay Chougule paid gratitude to his colleagues and leaders who reposed faith in his leadership.
What no one however, missed was how Vijay Chougule acknowledged that the leader, who brought him in the political and social life, is Ganesh Naik, his estranged guru.
Vijay Chougule also said one should never lose focus on their work and he never thought there would come a time, when one of his oldest known political colleagues J D Sutar would be Mayor and he himself would be Opposition Leader.
He said that this was the first time that a felicitation proposal was tabled for him in NMMC.
He announced that he will soon announce his vision for his ward and his community and paid gratitude that after 10 years of being in NMMC; the house brought a proposal to felicitate him.
Having faced one Lok Sabha elections defeat and two assembly defeats, many critics had spoken against Vijay Chougule’s decision to contest municipal polls. However, call it fate that today, courtesy this daring decision, Vijay Chougule holds power within NMMC and now with the status of State Minister, in the state as well. The karma of being there for the poor has ensured his rise and rise as the tallest leader of the Wadar community in the state of Maharashtra. And by acknowledging the role of his former mentor Ganesh Naik in bringing him in public life, he showed maturity of a political veteran. As not mentioning Sena Dy. Leader Vijay Nahata’s name among those he paid gratitude to, was also unmissable. With bureau inputs, Zeba Warsia for NMTV News.