Six women Congress corporators who created a ruckus during the BMC’s general body meeting were suspended from attending further meetings for 15 days, by mayor Snehal Ambekar on Tuesday.
The corporators had staged protests after Ambekar refused to allow leader of Opposition Devendra Amberkar to speak about swine flu at the meeting.
Congress corporators, however, had the last laugh, when they presented saplings to the mayor, who had earlier called swine flu a “heart disease” and promised that the BMC would plant trees and develop gardens and parks to check the disease.
All Opposition corporators raised slogans against the mayor during the meeting, in spite of being told that a special meeting on swine flu would be held on March 12.
While Shiv Sena corporators supported showed support for the mayor, members of its ally, the BJP, refrained from commenting on the matter.
“Opposition is well aware of the special meeting on swine flu; there was absolutely no necessity for such unruly behaviour at the meeting, all the actions are purely political,” said Ambekar, speaking to the media after the meeting.
She said, “Yesterday, too, the same corporators tore copies of their speech and threw them at me. I have recommended the cancellation of their membership to the general body, to the municipal commissioner.” Civic officials, however, later revealed there was no provision for such suspension under the BMC Act.
The suspended corporators are Sheetal A Mhatre, Ajanta Yadav, Anita Yadav, Parul Mehta, Nayana Sheth and Waqarunnisa Ansari.
The Faux pas
Snehal Ambekar on February 19 made a faux pas of mammoth proportions, saying, “Swine flu is a heart disease...hence, BMC will plant trees, develop gardens and parks to check swine flu.” The statement came at a function held to mark the occasion of Shivaji’s birth anniversary.