The Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) tiff took a dramatic turn as BJP MP Kirit Somaiya alleged that there was a plot to kill him. He has written a letter to the city police commissioner referring to an attack by Shiv Sena workers during Dussehra celebrations.
The Shiv Sena has said the allegations are laughable.
Somaiya’s supporters said that during Dussehra celebrations at Neelam Nagar, the purported Shiv Sena workers arrived in buses, stormed into the venue and assaulted participants, including women. Somaiya was whisked away from the site. He later protested, demanding that the accused be arrested immediately.
The controversy started when he modelled the event after the alleged misappropriation by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and termed it the burning of “Ravan of BMC mafia”.
Somaiya has taken up the issue of a pothole-free city and alleged rampant corruption in the civic body. In the past eight months, the civic commissioner has initiated probes into the roads department over the shoddy state of roadsand into the storm water drains department over the desilting scam. The police had filed a case and arrested five accused.