The Shiv Sena-BJP’s 20-year reign over the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) was solely responsible for the pathetic condition of Munbai’s infrastructure,Congress MP from Guna, Madhya Pradesh, Jyotiraditya Scindia said on Thursday.
Scindia said Mumbai has the potential to become a world-class city, but the saffron alliance, responsible for corruption and scams, lost the opportunity.
Scindia was part of a road show across the areas of Sagbaug Naka, Marol Maroshi, JB Nagar and Jogeshwari for the Congress’ candidates contesting the polls on February 21.
During the rally, he said the Modi-government had made life of the common people miserable by announcing demonetisation, and the BJP-led Maharashtra government was acting against the poor. Scindia said the government had demolished many slums in the city and taken action against hawkers.
“Had the Sena-BJP used the huge funds available to it for the development of the city, it (Mumbai) would have been among the most beautiful cities in the world, but they were involved in the misuse of the funds of the cash-rich civic body,” he said.
Scindia said while the saffron partners were resorting to fake tussles during the election, the Congress has the potential to provide the city with efficient rule in the civic body of Mumbai.
The party’s national spokesperson, Manish Tewari, while addressing a press conference in Mumbai on Thursday, claimed the Congress effectively drove the growth engine of Mumbai during its regime, by bringing in the Monorail and Metro rail projects and constructing the Eastern freeway, among other infrastructure projects.
He called the 20-year rule of the Sena-BJP a sorry tale, and alleged the BJP has been pumping in money for its candidates in the fray illegally.