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BMC polls: Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray should declare family assets and income, says Kirit Somaiya

mumbai Updated: Feb 10, 2017 00:52 IST
Ketaki Ghoge
BJP MP Kirit Somaiya’s retort comes after Shiv Sena MP Shewale accused the former of taking up the Mulund dumping ground issue at the behest of a local developer.

BJP MP Kirit Somaiya’s retort comes after Shiv Sena MP Shewale accused the former of taking up the Mulund dumping ground issue at the behest of a local developer. (File)

Bharatiya Janata Party MP Kirit Somaiya on Thursday challenged Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray to come clean by declaring his family assets and income. Somaiya also alleged that Sena leaders were acting like godfathers of the dumping mafia and that’s the reason the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had failed to close the Mulund dumping ground despite strictures and directives from the Bombay high court.

Somaiya’s retort comes after Shiv Sena MP Shewale accused the former of taking up the Mulund dumping ground issue at the behest of a local developer.

“Is Uddhav Thackeray not closing down the Mulund dump because he is getting hafta (extortion money) from the nullah-cleaning and dumping mafia,’’ questioned Somaiya.

“I will release all my financial statements of my entire family to a chartered accountant named by Thackeray. I have not taken a single rupee from any developer or anyone else nor have I indulged in money laundering by trying to route money through Calcutta-based shell companies. Similarly, Shewale and Uddhav Thackeray should give all their financial statements and papers to a CA and make them public,’’ he added.

While Somaiya levelled allegations, he did not bolster it with any new papers. He referred to the BMC’s report on the desilting scam dated August 31, 2015 to show how contractors had raised fake bills for the lifting and dropping of silt by giving details of the same car number. The report showed that many of the vehicle numbers provided by the contractors further showed that they belonged to two-wheelers, private cars.

The BJP MP said his party will set up a special inquiry commission to prove all such scams within 100 days of their coming to power in the BMC after which action would be recommended against those involved with the state government.

Going by the number of scams BJP has promised to investigate so far, it seems unlikely that such inquiries can be completed until the end of their government’s tenure in 2019. The high-decibel Mumbai civic polls is likely to see more such allegations and counter allegations between the Sena and BJP over the running of the Rs 37,000 crore civic body. Ironically, BJP has been a ruling partner albeit junior in the civic body for the past 15 years with Sena.

Read more: Mumbai civic polls: Can BJP keep its transparency promise?