Dissolve BMC general body over scams, Cong tells CM

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: May 12, 2016 01:26 IST

The Congress on Wednesday demanded that the general body of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) be dissolved in view of the recent string of scams .

Congress city chief Sanjay Nirupam made this demand on Wednesday through a letter to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. In the letter, Nirupam demanded a probe by a retired high court judge into all the scams and dissolving the BMC’s general body, which is ruled by the Shiv Sena-BJP combine. “In the desilting, road and Deonar dumping ground scams, both the partners are blaming each other and running away from responsibility. Citizens too have lost their trust on the BMC. A probe must be initiated,” said Sanjay Nirupam, city Congress chief.

The Congress, desperate to retain its seats and improve on it in next year’s BMC polls, is looking at targeting the Sena-BJP combine, especially in the wake of recent reports of various irregularities by contractors.

Nirupam listed the number of scams and the high-handedness of both the parties. “The ones responsible for the fire at the Deonar dumping ground are not yet caught. The development plan under preparation is also rigged to benefit only builders. The Sena and BJP are ruling the BMC for 16 years and the condition of the solid waste management system is abysmal. It is now becoming one of the greatest causes of corruption in the civic body,” added Nirupam. Nirupam targeting BJP over its MP Kirit Somaiya, in a letter, said that, “Your own MP is saying there is corruption in every department of the BMC and has also alleged that there is a mafia raj in the civic body.”

BJP MP Kirit Somaiya on Monday alleged Sena’s involvement in all the scams in the civic body.

Meanwhile, the civic body is all set to issue show-cause notices to the six tainted contractors in the road scam, according to civic officials. Once the show-cause notices are issued, the contractors cannot participate in any of the civic projects. The show-cause notices have been drafted in co-ordination with the legal department. After taking approval from the civic chief, the notices will be issued to them, said civic officials.

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