Following the opposition by political parties to transfer the assistant municipal commissioner of R Central ward Kishor Gandhi, top civic authorities have put his transfer order on hold.
Except BJP, all other parties had opposed Gandhi’s transfer alleging that the action was being taken at the behest of a political leader.
The transfer orders were issued last Thursday and saw serious opposition from local corporators and citizens’ groups. They organised several protests outside R central ward (which comprises of Borivali east and west) office for the past few days along with conducting a hunger strike for a day. The protests attracted the intervention of mayor Snehal Ambekar and leader of House Trushna Vishwasrao. Late on Tuesday, Ambekar asked the corporators to put stop the protests as Gandhi would continue as the R central ward officer.
The local corporators of Shiv Sena, Congress, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena parties had alleged that the transfer order was issued by the civic administration due to pressure from the BJP. Corporators said that because Gandhi was targeted because he had taken action against an illegal structure which belonged to a proprietor who had strong connections with a local BJP bigwig. The corporators said that it was the reason why none of the BJP leaders protested Gandhi’s transfer. Gandhi had also carried out demolition drives at various places in the past few months leading to support from all political parties as several open spaces were saved.
Sheetal Mhatre, Ward committee chairman of R central and R North wards, said, “The mayor and leader of House met us and assured that Gandhi’s transfer order has been put on hold. It is important that these officers continue their work and put an end to encroachment in our area where public open spaces are likely to be gobbled up.”
Commenting on this, Gandhi, said, “I was on leave on Monday and Tuesday so I did not go to work. I have not received any stay or cancellation order on my transfer but as no one has officially been appointed to replace me, I continue to hold my post.”