Mumbai, October 23 : New trustees vow to work in harmony and revamp BPP
After three weeks of polling, the votes for the first ever Bombay Parsi Panchayat (BPP) elections were counted on Wednesday evening, putting seven new trustees at the helm of affairs for the next seven years. The onus will now lie on the new leadership to revamp the BPP.
The seven candidates who emerged victorious, among the 32 candidates, were Arnavaz Mistry, Dinshaw Mehta, Jimmy Mistry, Khojeste Mistry, Yazdi Desai, Rustom Tirandaz and Noshir Dadrawala. While the candidates represented different groups or stood for the elections independently, they unanimously agreed to work together to bring about changes in the BPP.
“There is a need to create harmony among ourselves. We have had a good beginning at the first meeting, and we will have to work together in the future,” says Noshir Dadrawala, who believes that the new blood would help in creating an energetic leadership, full of new ideas and enthusiasm.
“Now that the dust has settled, we’re looking forward to put all the controversies around the elections behind us,” he added.
Trustee, Jimmy Mistry, feels that the new committee will not face much problem in taking over new role because all the members have been familiar with community service. “We are not new to this and we all have done a fair amount of community service in the past. We need to get started to make the changes in the first year and present a united face to the community,” said Mistry, who believes that the present leadership must encourage a more corporate-style management at the BPP.
“Though the elections were fairly bitter during the time of canvassing, but we must work together now because we’re accountable to the entire community. We have to live up to our manifestos,” said trustee Khojeste Mistree.
“We have decided to work in harmony and overcome difficulties as mature adults. It’s going to be a tough job ahead for the next seven years, but I am optimistic about it,” he added.
The seven trustees will have their first board meeting on Monday.