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IT’S A ROYAL BATTLE BETWEEN PWP’S J M MHATRE AND CONGRESS’S RAMSHETH THAKUR

panvel-elections-2The elections scenario in all wards are being assessed and though it is a fight for only 38 seats between the two alliances, ward no. 33 is the center of all focus and political analysis. The ward is seeing sitting Panvel Municipal Council President J M Mhatre contesting against Ramsheth Thakur’s son Prashant Thakur. The winner will be the next President of the PMC, which is becoming a battle of prestige between Ramsheth Thakur led Congress and the Peasants and Workers Party. There are 38 wards under the Panvel Municipal Council’s jurisdiction. While the first alliance has 22 Congress candidates, 10 NCP and 1 RPI candidate, the second alliance has 21 candidates contesting from PWP, 10 from Shiv Sena, 5 from BJP and 1 from Bhartiya Republican Party. But the elections in ward no. 33 are becoming a prestige issue for the Congress and PWP. The two candidates vying for victory from here are sitting PMC President J M Mhatre and Ramsheth Thakur’s son Prashant Thakur. The arguments are that J M Mhatre has won the elections from here for the last 5 years and is also the President of PMC for the last 5 years, while others believe that the might of Ramsheth Thakur cannot be challenged, not even by J M Mhatre. Come the 20th of this month, and all speculations will come to an end. Meanwhile, with campaigning gaining momentum, the Panvel Police and election authorities are at their alert to ensure that the elections are conducted smoothly with no hassles whatsoever.

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