Trishna Vishwasrao, a Shiv Sena corporator from Wadala, has on Thursday assumed the post of House leader in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). Vishwasrao is the first woman corporator to take charge as House leader.
Vishwarao has been a member of the civic standing committee for the past two years.
An elated Vishwasrao, who will replace her party colleague Yashodhar Phanase, said: "It's a very proud moment for women. I had the late Balasaheb Thackeray's blessings. I am indebted to Uddhavji, who gave me a chance to take over this position. I will make efforts to rise up to the expectaions," said.
The corporator added that she will work towards empowerment of women. "Only Rs15 crore has been allotted for the welfare of women in the budget for the current fiscal. I will ensure the fund is utilised for the said purpose properly," said Vishwarao, a corporator for four terms.
There are 227 members in the civic House. Out of these, more than 50 per cent are women members. Despite their strong presence, the posts of chairpersons have remained with men.
Meanwhile, the BJP has nominated its Jogeshwari corporator Ujjwala Modak for the post of chairperson of the civic improvement committee. Modak, who is all set to become the chairperson given the majority Shiv Sena-BJP enjoy, will be the first woman chairperson of the committee in 32 years. Malini Sukhthankar, Ashalata Toraskar and Indumati Patel had occupied the post during 1940-41, 1977-78 and 1982-83 respectively.
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Yashodhar Phanase is likely to take charge as chairman of the standing committee during a meeting to be held on Friday. Phanase replaced Rahul Shewale, who held the office for four years in a row. Shewale is now Shiv Sena's candidate for the Lok Sabha polls from Mumbai south central constituency.