Pune City Municipal Corporation Elections 2007 – Deccan Gymkhana

Pune Municipal Corporation elections last happened 5 years back, i.e in 2002. I have hardly any memory of that election, because I didn’t quite care back then.

Things have changed a lot in 5 years. I not only intend to vote but I also plan to first study the candidates contesting the election in 2007. I have repeatedly written about how Pune city is crumbling, primarily because of incompetent administration. So I guess now’s the chance for Pune citizens to have an impact on the future of Pune.


As yet the candidate names haven’t been announced. But the current corporator, Prof. Vikas Matkari in my area [Deccan Gymkhana – Law College Ward], I suppose would be contesting again.

I do not know the specifics of what he has done in he past 5 years, but here’s my layman analysis of what works for and against Mr. Matkari –

1) Educated – He teaches at BMCC college in Pune. Well-educated politicians are very rare in India. So that’s a big plus.

2) Visibility – Apart from a couple of tree plantations, I do not recall anything significant driven primarily by Mr Matkari. Some of the tree plantations also seemed to be meant more to counter the anti hill road movement than for eco reasons.

3) Connected- My family members received birthday cards from his office last year. So Mr Matkari has organized the electorate info and is interested in harvesting that data. Good to see politicians trying to reach out to voters even when elections aren’t around the corner.

4) Roads at any cost – He was one of the strong supporters of the Senapati Bapat – Paud Link road from the hills in Pune. Not a great idea.

5) No silly statements – Unlike many politicians in Pune, I do not remember Mr Matkari getting into trouble because of silly claims in the media. I also do not remember him being part of any illegal protests, road blocks, etc.

6) Development Activities – Hmmm….Nothing much to note.

Once the candidate list is out, I will write more of a comparison. I am not associated with / support any particular political party.

egovpmc.com is expected to soon carry election and candidate details. Looking at past egovpmc record, I am not very optimistic , but i guess something’s better than nothing.

  • sonali

    mr. harshad,its nice to see that people in pune city are interested in voting and that they believe in rational voting.
    being a student of upsc,would like to see more info about ur views and facts related to pune municiple corporation elections 2007
    thanks

  • sonali

    mr. harshad,its nice to see that people in pune city are interested in voting and that they believe in rational voting.
    being a student of upsc,would like to see more info about ur views and facts related to pune municiple corporation elections 2007
    thanks

  • nazir tamboli, saudiarabia

    mr harshad, glad to see site, we are punities visiting various country and wherever we
    meet puneri whatever his cast or religin they feel proud to see our puneri people and they always insist people of the other country to visit our beautiful Pune, cosmopolitin Pune , Sport City of Pune we proud of our pune,know specially in gulf country people thinking that muslims are tourcher and trouble by other religions but know they realising that so many gulf students are studying in various colleges and institutions in pune they returning completing education they are convecing to the people that every muslim are safe in india than pakistan. the subject of election and voting on muslim they discussed that area wise and muslim populated distribution of wards,i feel whatever wardwise distribution was done it is not legal but politically election commission have made some unjustice to the muslim candidate to win the seat,
    ward wise obc reserve seats also not properly workout, every candidate ither muslim
    or maratha/ bc he has to depends his peoples vote which are very important, election sould be on candidates marit and his work but atlast political parties are also not giving tickets to the poor or unjustible candidates, can you tell me muslim population wise how much muslim candidates should be in municipal corporation obc bc and other political parties candidates have equall distribution castwise . there is no partiality against muslim as per my knowledge i feel a non muslim candidate or corporator have done good jobs and so many problems solved of muslim community better that the muslim corporators, it dosnt mean that reduce the strength of muslim carporators, to show cosmopolitin city we have to give right to the muslim candidates ,on the map of pune it should shown equall distribution of the seats as per the sensex correct figure and correct population, thanks for the opportunity given for the comments

  • nazir tamboli, saudiarabia

    mr harshad, glad to see site, we are punities visiting various country and wherever we
    meet puneri whatever his cast or religin they feel proud to see our puneri people and they always insist people of the other country to visit our beautiful Pune, cosmopolitin Pune , Sport City of Pune we proud of our pune,know specially in gulf country people thinking that muslims are tourcher and trouble by other religions but know they realising that so many gulf students are studying in various colleges and institutions in pune they returning completing education they are convecing to the people that every muslim are safe in india than pakistan. the subject of election and voting on muslim they discussed that area wise and muslim populated distribution of wards,i feel whatever wardwise distribution was done it is not legal but politically election commission have made some unjustice to the muslim candidate to win the seat,
    ward wise obc reserve seats also not properly workout, every candidate ither muslim
    or maratha/ bc he has to depends his peoples vote which are very important, election sould be on candidates marit and his work but atlast political parties are also not giving tickets to the poor or unjustible candidates, can you tell me muslim population wise how much muslim candidates should be in municipal corporation obc bc and other political parties candidates have equall distribution castwise . there is no partiality against muslim as per my knowledge i feel a non muslim candidate or corporator have done good jobs and so many problems solved of muslim community better that the muslim corporators, it dosnt mean that reduce the strength of muslim carporators, to show cosmopolitin city we have to give right to the muslim candidates ,on the map of pune it should shown equall distribution of the seats as per the sensex correct figure and correct population, thanks for the opportunity given for the comments

  • parshant bendre

    dear harshad oak, with reference to the comments received from my friend nazir tamboli, really i am vary glad to knoow that he is in saudia and so proud of pune and himself known as punities, his suggestion that lot of foreiger specially gulf country thos
    studying in pune they realised and learn so many things such as pune culture, getogether muslim community in pune they feel free atmospher as well as cosmopolitin city, definetly they must be keeping watch on political conditions of muslim in the city their grievences their development their rate of education etc, therefore i am agree with the thought of mr nazir tamboli, his thinking view of pune
    and its globale effect on pune , he himself agree that non muslim corporators are
    doing verywell for muslim communituy that mean there is no castism in our pune city iam happy that this thoughts of muslim people should come forward and clear their views in country as well as abroad so that people of the other distination can undrstand there is no castism in india, i thanks mr nazir tamboli that he shown his open view to the people of pune

  • parshant bendre

    dear harshad oak, with reference to the comments received from my friend nazir tamboli, really i am vary glad to knoow that he is in saudia and so proud of pune and himself known as punities, his suggestion that lot of foreiger specially gulf country thos
    studying in pune they realised and learn so many things such as pune culture, getogether muslim community in pune they feel free atmospher as well as cosmopolitin city, definetly they must be keeping watch on political conditions of muslim in the city their grievences their development their rate of education etc, therefore i am agree with the thought of mr nazir tamboli, his thinking view of pune
    and its globale effect on pune , he himself agree that non muslim corporators are
    doing verywell for muslim communituy that mean there is no castism in our pune city iam happy that this thoughts of muslim people should come forward and clear their views in country as well as abroad so that people of the other distination can undrstand there is no castism in india, i thanks mr nazir tamboli that he shown his open view to the people of pune

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  • premnath shetty

    Thanks Harshadji for ur valuable views regarding the muncipal elections..Again you and ur area residents are quiet fortunate that u have got a very efficient councillor Prof.VIKAS MATKHARI populalry called as ‘SIR’ among social circle.SIR is very well aware with all the problems right now our City is going through hope he gets solved all the things and will give the sigh of relief to the residents of Pune.Its just that more Harshadji’s are expected to support the cause.My heartiest appeal is to those residents who don’t caste their votes but criticise everyone sitting in their nest while taking a dip of TEA.

  • premnath shetty

    Thanks Harshadji for ur valuable views regarding the muncipal elections..Again you and ur area residents are quiet fortunate that u have got a very efficient councillor Prof.VIKAS MATKHARI populalry called as ‘SIR’ among social circle.SIR is very well aware with all the problems right now our City is going through hope he gets solved all the things and will give the sigh of relief to the residents of Pune.Its just that more Harshadji’s are expected to support the cause.My heartiest appeal is to those residents who don’t caste their votes but criticise everyone sitting in their nest while taking a dip of TEA.