The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) plans to focus on the twin issues of accountability and non-coordination of the various agencies, in the forthcoming civic elections.
Highlighting the lack of accountability in the BMC's working, MNS spokesperson Shirish Parkar said: "How many contractors have been blacklisted for carrying out shoddy work? Each and every rupee has to be accounted for." He said that it had become fashionable for the BMC and state government to pass the blame to each other for the deterioration of life in Mumbai.
The MNS, which fared badly in the last civic elections, has now emerged as a strong force.
Parkar stated that there is a lack of vision while planning various infrastructure projects in Mumbai. Giving the . example of skywalks, he said: "Hardly any pedestrians use these skywalks, and the classic example is that of the one in Bandra where less than 10 % people use it," he said. Parkar also objected to Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) spokesperson Prakash Binsale's statement that the ruling alliance was responsible for ensuring that Mumbai bounced back to normal after setbacks like the 1992 bomb blasts. "Do people of Mumbai have any choice other than reporting for work the next day? Mumbaiites are workaholics, and I have seen people trudging in deep water to go to work even in floods," he said. In his closing remarks, Parkar described the ruling alliance as a serpent and opposition benches as snakes. "Both spew out poison and the citizens of Mumbai deserve an antidote for the same, which is the MNS,' said Parkar.