Ashish Shelar

Mumbai President

Adv. Ashish Shelar

A pakka Mumbaikar and son of Mumbai’s Girangaon, Adv. Ashish Shelar is counted amongst BJP’s prominent young leaders having grown to this position from grass-root level. Originally hailing from Malvan , Sindhudurg in Konkan, Ashish infant and early childhood days were spent in Girangaon and later on in Vandre West with his parents and family.

A people’s man since early days, Ashish joined RSS in school days and completed Prathamik Varsha course. He marked his entry into student politics joining ABVP in his college days rising through the ranks to lead Mumbai ABVP as its Secretary.During these two and half years, Ashish strived tirelessly and was a vocal representative for the cause of students welfare and University’s staff and teachers, Ashish led landmark agitations such as “Thiya” agitation for Mumbai University teachers demands, the largest morcha of over 1 lakh students at Kalaghoda, in support of the education demands of students. A firm believer in his conviction, Ashish also endured jail time, during his protests against injustice meted out to student community due to AICTE decisions.

Riding on the success of his untiring work for student welfare, he was elected to the Mumbai University Student Council and was also University representative from GJ Advani law college, Mumbai.

Ably balancing his student leadership and academic responsibilities, Ashish went onto successfully completing his LLB from Mumbai University.

Ashish then charted a career in active politics joining BJP’s youth wing and becoming the President of Mumbai’s Youth Wing, he was in the core team tasked with the organisation of the BJP Maha-Adhiveshan held at Mahalaxmi Race course. A noteworthy agitation led by him during this time, was the protest against Sanjay Dutt and his role in bomb blasts.

In 2002, Ashish was elected as a BMC corporator from Khar West Ward 77 and elected as Chairman of Mumbai Improvement Committee.

During this time, Ashish successfully pursued establishment of Human resources department in BEST to address the needs of its personnel needs, something which BEST lacked, despite completing 100 years. He also played a key role in renovation of the Bhau Daji Lad museum, a vital archive of Mumbai’s rich historical and cultural heritage.

Ashish brought into public spotlight the dubious public policy regarding allotment and de-reservation of prime land in the island city by making a representation to then Hon PM detailing 67 suspicious land details transactions in Mumbai. Cognizant to the needs of Mumbai’s early residents, Ashish vigorously championed the redevelopment of old & dilapilated bldgs under section 33 (7) of DCR.

As President of BJP’s North West Mumbai district, Ashish focused his organisational energies on building party’s strength and helped increase the party’s tally of corporators in BMC.

As a testament of his strong grassroot work, Ashish was re-elected to BMC with record margin of votes in 2007.

Elected as BJP’s BMC Group leader, he highlighted irregularities in the E governance drive of BMC and influenced positive changes in BMC, leading the fight of safeguarding of Crawford market heritage structure. Elected as MMRDA member, Ashish excelled as a dynamic studious and aggressive member in meetings. He offered informed critique on MMRDA’s transport plan, exposing practical shortcomings in Mumbai metro and mono rail projects. Working closely with then CM Vilasrao and Ashok Chavan, Ashish helped engineer implementation of development friendly policy in BKC zone. Ashish was also elected to MMRDA commission, an important body dealing with DP of MMR.

Enthused by his work, Ashish was appointed as Governor of Mumbai Metro heritage society by MMRDA. Working alongside stalwarts like Shri. Arun Tikekar, Shri. Dinesh Afzalpurkar, Ashish represented the citizen’s voice in the formulation of heritage conversation policy.

Whilst handling these multiple responsibilities, Ashish continued to raise civic issues concerning his constituency of Bandra, Khar, Santacruz and Juhu region. Ashish helped get sanction for the pumping station at Gazdar bandh, addressing a long pending demand of Juhu Khar area residents to tackle their flooding problem.

His vocal voice of activism prompted the administration to act against nexus of administration and contractors, regarding sewage treatment plant.

His term in BMC was characterised by his fiery, aggressive stand on issues of civic importance, based on detailed studies of problems touching lives of Mumbai’s residents.

On the International Fora, Ashish was selected by US State Dept under International visitors leadership program (the only municipal corporator from India), As part of this programme, he travelled across USA over 45 days engaging with 82 NGO’s for leadership development, laying foundation for life long bonds, which continue to enrich his administrative perspective.

As a devoted party worker, Ashish was the head of organising committee for the 25th anniversary BJP convention. Under the leadership of Shri.Pramodji Mahajan, Ashish conceptualised and oversaw the successful organisation of Sahastra Chandra darshan for Shri.Atalji in Dec 2005

In 2009, Ashish fought the assembly elections from H West Bandra assembly seat against long time MLA and erstwhile corporator, losing by lowest margin in Mumbai.

Undeterred, Ashish continued to forge ahead and serve his constituents and going onto defeat the three term sitting MLA from Vandre West constituency  by over 25,000 votes in 2014 Assembly elections.

On the social front, Ashish has lent wholehearted support to festivals such as the Dahi handi, Ganesh Mahotsav.

On the political front, Ashish has always been playing a key role in working with different political parties and offering people a non congress secular alternative.

In 2008, Ashish formed Spandan arts as part of public discourse to highlight public issues through audio visual medium.

Under the ageis of Spandan films produced include

  1. Film on 26 July Mumbai floods which was selected for Goa film festival
  2. Film on life of Guruji Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar on the eve of his 100th birth anniversary
  3. Dead chimney a film which chronicled the changing topography due to the demise of Mumbai’s mills and subsequent hardships of the mill workers.
  4. Currently working on a film on life of swami Vivekananda on eve of his 150th birth anniversary

Answering his artistic and cultural moorings, Ashish also found time to produce two commercial Marathi films- Chang bhale and Kajali

Spandan Arts instituted the Mohammad Rafi awards, presented to Shri Naushadji Mr,Rafi , Smt.Asha Bhosale among others, this program was attended by Shri Lalkrishna Advaniji.

As MLC and now MLA, Ashish has continued to raise important issues such as illegal Bangladeshi immigrants in Mumbai, Indu mill, slum encroachment on prime MMRDA land in Bandra

A saccha Mumbaiya , Ashish remains firmly grounded and at home amongst his constituents- a true grassroots leader.

Positions held:

  1. Mumbai Secretary, ABVP
  2. President of Mumbai’s Youth Wing, BJP
  3. Core team, organising committee , BJP Maha Adhiveshan, 1995
  4. BMC Corporator , Khar West
  5. President of BJP’s North West Mumbai district
  6. BMC Corporator, BJP Group Leader in BMC
  7. MMRDA member
  8. Governor of Mumbai Metro heritage society
  9. President of Bandra Sarvajanik Samanvay Samiti
  10. President of Kshatriya Gadkari Maharashtra Samaj – As its president, Ashish has organised book distribution, coaching camps for poor students, health camps across Maharashtra.
  11. General Secretary Akhil Maharashtra Karmachari Sangh – comprising of Rishshaw and Taxi drivers union and unorganised sector workers union. Ashish has helped build a 8500 strong union members in unorganised sector.
  12. Mumbai Cricket Association member
  13. Chairman of Mumbai district football association representing Mumbai’s 350 football clubs
  14. Elected unopposed as MLC in July 2012
  15. Currently President Bharatiya Janata Party, Mumbai
  16. Elected MLA from Vandre West Assembly constituency in 2014
  17. Elected Mumbai Cricket Association Vice President in 2015 and organising committee of T20 World cup