Cracks surface in Pimpri BJP, leaders train guns at each other

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Less than a year after the BJP came to power in Pimpri-Chinchwad, different camps led by key leaders seem to be forming in the party. The party-led Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) administration recently came under the lens when BJP MP Amar Sable sought Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s intervention in the “corruption in allotment of road development projects worth Rs 425 crore” and sought an investigation. Sources said the development has caused fissures and anger in the party rank and file.

Just after it came to power in the February 2017 civic elections, securing an unprecedented mandate, the BJP witnessed a tug of war between MLAs Laxman Jagtap and Mahesh Landge. Eventually, the matter was sorted after the CM’s office intervened.

Soon after, sources claimed disagreements surfaced between Jagtap and Sable after Sable’s aide Babu Nair was elected as co-opted corporator in PCMC with the CM’s nod. “This, despite Jagtap going all out trying to get the nomination for his close aide Sarang Kamtekar. Later, Jagtap removed Nair and another Sable aide, Mauli Thorat, from the post of general secretary,” they added.

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