The Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Saturday asserted that the Congress-NCP alliance would displace the Sena-BJP from Mumbai, Thane and Nagpur Municipal Corporation from the Sena-BJP combine in the ensuing civic elections.
Chavan, who was here for a one-day Nagpur-Amravati tour said that a change of power was imminent across the state, particularly in Mumbai, Thane and Nagpur. “We have greater chances in Mumbai, Thane, Nagpur and Nashik,” he claimed.
The chief minister blamed the saffron alliance for messing up the Mumbai and other municipals in the state on development aspects, particularly shaping the major infrastructure projects. Once the Congress-NCP alliance wins the municipal polls, the administration would be able to expedite those projects. The state government would bring more uniformity in the decision making among the corporation, state and the centre on various urban development projects if the alliance wins in the elections, he announced.
According to Chavan, the state government has allocated Rs one-lakh crore for the developmental activities for Mumbai where as their own budget is worth Rs 21,000 crores and the people will certainly going to ask where the money was spent by the ruling Sena-BJP.
Asked for his reaction on Sena supremo Bal Thackeray scathing attack on him through an editorial in Saamna, Chavan ridiculed the Sena chief saying Thackeray can never say anything constructing and his views in development do not count because of his brand of politics.
Chavan released the joint manifesto of the Congress-NCP, Lokmanch-RPI alliance for the Feb 16 Nagpur Municipal corporation elections. "For the first time we have struck a pre-poll alliance for the civic body elections with the NCP and other like=minded parties. This has been done with a specific objective of defeating communal forces that have been raising their head, he said speaking at the release function at Congress local headquarters.
On Nagpur, he hoped that the Congress led alliance would do extremely well during the February 16 elections. “The Congress will leave no stone unturned in shaping the second capital into an international city, like Singapore which has been visualized by the Congress,” he said.
Chavan said developmental activities like expediting the work on Multi-Modal International Passenger and Cargo Hub (MIHAN), SEZ and Gorewada International Safari, promoting wild life tourism and Tiger capital and Gateway to Tiger capital will be taken up on priority basis, besides making provision of clean drinking water supply and infrastructure facilities.
"In Nagpur during the campaign we would expose the BJP's misrule and large scale irregularities in tenders for 24X& water supply scheme and Star bus city transport service. The state government has already initiated enquiry into the Satrbus deal and would probe the water supply scheme, he stressed.