Tanaji Jaybhave

Comrade Tanaji Jaybhave is a militant and effective activist of the CPI(M) for the last 26 years since 1989. Born on May 7, 1963, he has completed the B. Com. and LL B. degrees. He has been a member of the CPI(M) Nashik district committee since 2012. Earlier, he was active in the DYFI for over five years and was elected as the Nashik city President of the DYFI. Tanaji Jaybhave was elected as a corporator in the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) three times – in 1997, 2002 and 2012. At present he is the leader of the CPI(M) group in the Corporation. In the 2002 election, he won with the largest number of votes secured by any of the 108 corporators in Nashik city. This helped to increase the prestige of the Party. Some of the distinctive features of his three terms as corporator have been as follows: 1. Consistently opposed the privatisation policy and achieved some success. For instance, privatisation of the factory that produces fertiliser from city waste, privatisation of Octroi collection, privatisation of the memorial to the founder of Indian cinema Dadasaheb Phalke were stalled. 2. Exposed the corruption scandals of the commissioner and other top officials of the NMC; took the issue right up to the CM with Party help and thus saved crores of rupees of the NMC. 3. Uncovered a serious case of poisonous toddy that was being manufactured by some corporators in the NMC. CPI(M) MLA Narsayya Adam raised the issue in the state assembly. Saved thousands of addicted youth by getting this poisonous toddy banned. 4. Has been active in the CITU-affiliated Nashik Municipal Corporation Employees Union and has played a major role in increasing the CITU membership there. 5. As a member of the education board of the NMC, started three new primary schools and six new secondary schools 10 to 15 years ago. Thousands of students were benefited. 6. Many co-op banks in Nashik city had closed down due to the corruption of the politically powerful directors. With the consistent struggle led by the CPI(M)-led Bank Bachav Samiti, a sum of over Rs 300 crore was returned to working class and middle class depositors. 7. Defeated the plot to build the Nashik-Tryambak and Nashik-Peth highway on the BOT principle. Due to this struggle, the government had to shell out money for these roads. 8. In Sinnar tehsil near Nashik city, the Indiabulls Company launched an SEZ and tried to loot thousands of farmers by buying up their lands at rock-bottom rates. This conspiracy was defeated through struggle and as a result, the farmers got Rs 35 lakh per acre for their land. 9. In all the above struggles, Tanaji Jaybhave along with Dr D L Karad, Sitaram Thombre, Shridhar Deshpande, Adv Vasudha Karad, Sachin Bhor and others played a leading role.

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