BJP's Murlidhar Mohol is new Mayor of Pune

Pune, Nov 22 (PTI) BJP corporator Murlidhar Mohol wason Friday elected as the new Mayor of Pune MunicipalCorporation (PMC).

The city's top post had fallen vacant after BJP'sMukta Tilak was elected as an MLA from the Kasba Assemblyconstituency in the recently-concluded state elections.

The Congress and the NCP had fielded Prakash Kadam astheir candidate against BJP's Mohol.

Shiv Sena, which is currently working out modalitieswith the NCP and Congress to form a government in Maharashtra,voted against Mohol and supported Kadam.

Nonetheless, Mohol won the election by a comfortablemargin as the BJP has a clear majority in the civic body.

In the 164-member House, the BJP has 99 corporators.

According to civic officials, Mohol got 97 votes,while Kadam bagged 59 votes.

While five corporators remained absent, threecorporators from MNS remained neutral.

Mohol, a corporator from Kothrud, is said to haveplayed a key role in BJP state unit chief Chandrakant Patil'svictory from the Kothrud constituency in the recent Assemblypolls. PTI SPKNP NP