The 2022 municipal elections will give PCMC 37 corporations in the OBC category

With the Supreme Court allowing the OBC reservation in the local self-government body elections last week, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) is expected to have up to 37 corporators in the category after the 2022 municipal elections.

“In all, there will be 37 quarters reserved for OBC applicants. Of these, 19 will be reserved for women and 18 for men,” Balasaheb Khandekar, who heads the election department of PCMC, told The Indian Express on Tuesday. “We received guidance from the SEC in this regard today (Tuesday),” Khandekar added.

According to Jayant Kumar Banthia Commission report, Pimpri-Chinchwad will have 27% reservation for OBC (Other Backward Classes) category. In the 2017 elections, PCMC had 32 corporators in the category.

On Thursday, the PCMC election department will hold a coin toss to decide which prabhag or panel will have the OBC reservation. For the civic elections, there will be 46 prabhags or panels, each of which will elect three corporators.

After the 2022 elections, the PCMC will have 139 corporators, 11 more than in 2017. City officials said the figure of 139 corporators will depend on whether or not the new state government allows the three-member constituency system. “If the new government decides to change it to a four- or two-member ward, the number of corporators will change,” officials said.

Khandekar said that out of the 139 corporators, 22 will belong to the Scheduled Caste (SC) category while three will belong to the Scheduled Tribe (ST) category. “In addition, there will be 77 open category corporators. Among them, 38 will be women entrepreneurs while 39 will be men,” he added.

Khandekar said the draw will be for 114 seats. “We will keep 25 places reserved for SC and ST applicants,” he added.

In total, of the 139 corporators, 70 will be women while 69 will be men.