The BJP Mayor of Nagpur Municipal Corporation took her son to the US on an official trip and introduced him as her Private Secretary (PS). The party has sought a clarification from the mayor, Nanda Jichkar, who was in San Francisco on an invitation from Governor of California Edmund G Brown Jr for a global conference of mayors on climate and energy.
The conference was held between 12th September and 15th September. Jichkar younger son Priyash, who accompanied her on the tour, is pursuing his studies in Mumbai. Since Municipal Commissioner Virendra Sinha is on leave, she had informed officiating municipal commissioner Ravindra Thakre about her tour, but did not mention her son will be travelling with her.
Interestingly, the organiser, the Global Covenant of Mayors, is bearing the expenses of the son’s roundtrip travel, local ground travel and meal expenses. Tanaji Vanve, leader of the opposition in the NMC said,
“It is the prerogative of the Mayor whom she takes along with her on a foreign trip. But it is not above board if she professed that her son was her personal secretary. This has maligned the image of the municipal corporation, as well as of her own.
The mayor is financially sound and could have easily managed the expenses of her son from her own pocket. Speaking with local media at Nagpur, Jichkar said, “The organiser had allowed me to bring one person. Since Priyash looks after my social media, I decided to take him along.”
She added some of the other members who attended the conference too had brought their family members along.
Previous visits of Mayor Jichkar
Mayor Nanda Jichkar undertook 11 foreign tours in the last 11 months funded by the municipal corporation. Some of them are mentioned below:
- Sri Lanka – November 3 to 5, 2017
- Germany – November 10 to 14, 2017
- Vietnam – December 1 to 7, 2017
- China – May 29 to June 2, 2018
- Canada – June 18 to June 27, 2018
- California – September 11 to 15, 2018