A day after the arrest of its two corporators for humiliating a chief engineer (roads), the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) claimed that its agitation against potholes has spurred the BMC to repair roads on a war footing.
Dismissing MNS’ claims, civic body officials said that the repair work is being undertaken as part of its routine.
MNS leader Sanjay Naik said “Despite being a Sunday, we see the BMC staff repairing roads. This shows that the MNS-style has worked.”
Meanwhile, the corporators, Sandeep Deshpande and Santosh Dhuri, were sent in judicial custody till Monday as they did not seek bail. They have been booked under bailable charges.
The corporators had on Wednesday taken chief engineer (roads) Sanjay Darade for a site visit and once there, he was made to hold a board which read, “I, chief engineer (roads), am responsible for these potholes. Citizens, please take note.” Following that, the BMC engineers threatened en-masse resignation against the insult of their senior officer.
Consequently, Darade filed a police complaint against the MNS corporators and other party workers for humiliating him in public. Both surrendered on Saturday.
However, the ruling Sena said pothole repairs have nothing to do with the MNS agitation. Trushna Vishwasrao, Leader of House and Sena corporator, said, “We have already given the civic chief a deadline to fix potholes within three to four days in the last standing committee meeting (held on Wednesday), and thus the pothole filling work is on track. It has nothing to do with the MNS.”
The condition of the city roads deteriorated as rains washed away BMC’s claims of a pothole-free monsoon, triggering anger among citizens.
MNS chief Raj Thackeray had supported his corporators and said that the en-masse resignation threat by BMC engineers was a blackmail tactic.