Six women Congress corporators were suspended for staging noisy protests and disrupting the proceedings of the civic house on Monday. The corporators were alleging bias by the ruling party in allocating development funds to wards in the city.
The suspended corporators are Sheetal A Mhatre, Ajanta Yadav, Anita Yadav, Parul Mehta, Nayana Sheth and Waqarunnisa Ansari.
The corporators were opposed to the amendments made to the civic budget alleging unfair distribution of funds to their wards.
They alleged that Rs169 crore was allocated to wards represented by the ruling Sena-BJP corporators, while a paltry sum was allocated to other wards. The allocation of funds to wards represented by Opposition parties is Rs10 crore (Congress-NCP), Rs4.5 crore (Samajwadi Party) and Rs6.5 crore (MNS).
Unfazed by the allegations, the ruling Sena-BJP pointed out that the amendments were passed
unanimously at the civic standing committee.
All Opposition corporators protested during the speech of standing committee chairman, Yashodhar Phanse.
The Congress corporators were so aggressive that they tore up copies of the speech and protested atop their chairs. Some even threw papers at Mayor Snehal Ambekar, which forced the Sena’s women corporators to form a chain around her.
Ambekar then announced the suspension of the six women corporators.
Sena said the Congress corporators staged the protest to impress their new city president Sanjay Nirupam.
Opposition leader, Devendra Amberkar (Congress), said, “This was not to impress our new president but to fight for the rights of citizens as the ruling party has not distributed Rs190 crore fairly. They need to do justice to the citizens as corporators ultimately use this money for development purposes of the citizens.”