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Opposition accuses mayor of rigging ward committee polls

Members of the Opposition in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation have alleged that Jadhav tampered with the chits that were to decide crucial appointments of the chairmen of ward committees.

mumbai Updated: May 07, 2010 02:09 IST
HT Correspondent

Mayor Shraddha Jadhav is in trouble and may lose her post, if proven guilty in a chit-tampering scam.

Members of the Opposition in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) have alleged that Jadhav tampered with the chits that were to decide crucial appointments of the chairmen of ward committees.

The Opposition has demanded that the mayor should resign from her post and also threatened to move court seeking action against her.

Jadhav has denied the allegations. “The opposition has every right to challenge the election and we know that we have not done anything wrong,” Jadhav said.

Elections to the posts of chairmen of the ward committee of F south to F north (Parel to Matunga), from where the mayor is a corporator, were held on April 15.

During the election, there were 17 members, eight each from Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress-Nationalist Congress Party and one member from the Samajwadi Party.

Since the Samajwadi Party member was absent, the tally of the Sena-BJP and Congress-NCP members was equal, leading to a tie.

As presiding officer, Jadhav put two chits in a box and was asked to pick one. The Opposition alleged that she folded the “favourable” chit in a particular way so that she could identify it.

After she picked up the favourable chit and announced that the Sena-BJP member had won, Congress corporator Prescila Kadam objected alleging that Jadhav had tampered with the chits.

“The mayor has cheated us. I have not said this inside the general body meeting, but we are moving court tomorrow with the video footage,” said Congressman and Opposition leader in the BMC, Rajhans Singh. “She should either resign from the post or face action.”

The Congress also circulated the video footage among journalists. Singh said they were preparing foolproof evidence and had worked out details on the video clip showing how the mayor tampered with the chits.