Loyalists of political parties are often rewarded and standing testimony to that fact was the appointment of Chanchala Kodre as the Mayor of the city.
Kodre is the daughter-in-law of Kailash Kodre, a long time close aide of NCP supremo Sharad Pawar. This was the second time in consecutive terms that an NCP loyalist was rewarded with the prestigious position in civic state of affairs. Former Mayor Vaishali Bankar is the daughter-in-law of another Pawar loyalist Datta Bankar.
While talking to MiD DAY Kailash Kodre said that though he couldn’t become the Mayor, the party acknowledged his respect, loyalty and devotion towards the Pawar family.
Elected from panel number 20 (A) -Mundhwa, Kodre won the election by 42 votes and she received 83 votes in total. She defeated Shiv Sena candidate Sonam Zende who had to make her peace with 41 votes. The MNS corporators did not vote and maintained a status quo. While Congress’ candidate Laxmi Ghodake who was earlier elected as corporator took back her candidature.
During her speech in the Pune Municipal Corporation after the election, Kodre said that all the corporators irrespective of their political parties should come together and work towards city’s overall development. “It was my father-in-law’s dream to see me as the Mayor of the city and today that dream has came true,” Kodre said.
Kodre hails from Vai in Satara district and has an MA in English. She is said to be an outspoken leader of the party. Her father-in-law Kailash Kodre was a corporator from 1979-2000, while her husband Sandeep Kodre had also stood for the PMC elections in 2007 but failed to win.
However, NCP rebel and independent candidate Ashwini Kadam expressed her disappointment over Kodre’s appointment and said that she was voting for Kodre just to show respect to Pawar, the party chief.