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New MLAs play double roles, shirk work

mumbai Updated: Jan 10, 2011 01:06 IST
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Eight corporators became members of the legislative assembly (MLAs) after the election in November 2009. But their track record leaves a lot to be desired.

Although seven of them continue to hold their posts as corporators, three of them haven’t attended even 30% of the civic general body meetings.

Barring Amin Patel from Congress, the remaining corporators-turned-MLAs —Rajhans Singh, Aslam Sheikh, Ramesh Singh Thakur from the Congress, Yogesh Sagar from the Bharatiya Janata party, Mangesh Sangle from the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, Prakash Sawant and Ravindra Waikar from the Shiv Sena — have not resigned as corporators.

The top three corporators with the lowest attendance are from the Congress.

According to the civic body’s record, Thakur, an MLA from Kandivli, tops the list. He has attended only 10 of the 59 civic body meetings. He is followed by Patel, MLA from Nagpada, and Sheikh, MLA from Malad (West), who have attended 14 and 17 meetings respectively.

Sheikh said: “If the issues in the house pertains to my ward, I make it a point to attend the meeting. And my attendance in assembly is 100%,” said Sheikh.

When asked why they wanted to continue as corporators, Sheikh said this way they could ensure that work was done in their respective wards.

According to Sheikh, having full attendance in the meeting and raising an issue were “two different things”. He said: “I have spoken seven times in the 17 meetings that I attended.”

Sangle from MNS attended 38 meeting and Singh was present in 52, whereas Waikar, Sagar, and Sawant attended 42, 46, and 46 meetings respectively.