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Uddhav defends corporator who beat up civic staff

mumbai Updated: Jan 13, 2010 00:48 IST
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Defending Sanjay Agaldare — the Shiv Sena Corporator from Worli who allegedly assaulted a civic engineer — party Executive President Uddhav Thackeray said action should be taken against those civic employees who don’t pay heed to common man’s complaints.

Talking to mediapersons at the Mayor’s bungalow, Thackeray said incidents like this would not happen if civic officials would perform their duties.

The Municipal Workers Union and Municipal Engineers Association members went on a strike on Tuesday demanding the corporator’s disqualification. Agaldare had allegedly assaulted BMC sub-engineer from Hydraulic department of G- South in Parel, Mahesh Pawar, on Saturday.

The strike was called off after civic chief Swadheen Kshatriya assured action against the corporator.

“There was no one in the vicinity and hence the civic employee is making such allegations on our corporator. Action should be taken only after detailed investigation into the matter,” said Thackeray.

“In fact, immediate action should be taken against all those civic employees who do not pay heed to the complaints made by the commoners and fail to perform their duties,” he added.

On Monday, Agaldare said he himself would resign if anyone proved that he had beaten Pawar. “There were cameras on every floor of the ward office, they should prove my involvement. I had only orally abused Pawar,” Agaldare said.

Mayor Shraddha Jadhav, too, defended Agaldare saying civic employees from the water department fail to react quickly to the common man’s grievances, which provoke the corporators.