Noshir Mehta & Family represented Ward No. 216 which stretches from Navjivan Society to Bellasis Road for five decades now. However, the present ward reservation and delimitation process has resulted in his ward splitting into two with both being reserved for OBC category candidates.
Congress corporator Mehta says, “The delimitation process has split our ward into two, both being reserved for the OBC category. To find a new open category ward, we will have to go as far as Malabar Hill. However, contesting from there would be an injustice to local aspirants. Hence we have decided not to contest the BMC polls this time.”
In the 2012 elections, Noshir Mehta had won by a margin of almost 10000 votes. The Mehta family has been contesting elections in this area since past 50 years starting from 1967 when Rusi Mehta (Noshir’s father) won the BMC Election and then went on to win for 5 more terms (20 years) before he died in a criminal assault in 1987.
His son Noshir continued his legacy by winning the by-poll. He won with the highest margin in 1987, and served the area for three terms till 2002, after which it was declared a women’s seat.
However, people continued to repose faith in the Mehta family by electing Noshir’s sister Anahita, who twice went on to become a corporator. As the ward became open in 2012, Noshir was again elected by the voters.
The brother-sister duo runs a welfare center in memory of their father.
Noshir said, “Its time to say no to elections. Even last time I was not willing to fight, but contested only on the insistence of Murlibhai Deora (former Congress MP). I am proud that we kept serving our area for 50 long years.”