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Mayor raises funds, item by item

This year, Mayor Dattaram Dalvi probably wanted to move with the times.

india Updated: May 30, 2006 02:22 IST

A major section of the audience at annual fund-raiser 'Mayor Rajni' walked out of the show on Saturday when instead of the usual performances by greats like Lata Mangeshkar and Suresh Wadkar, they were greeted by skimpily clad item girls shaking their booties.

'Mayor Rajni' is a musical programme that started in 1956 to raise money for needy patients who require major surgery. Over 2,000 Mumbai citizens benefit from this fund annually.

This year, Mayor Dattaram Dalvi probably wanted to move with the times.

But it would have been wise for him to have consulted his party, the Shiv Sena, first.

Appalled at the sight of the item girls gyrating to the remix number 'lagali kunachi uchki', red-faced Sena corporators, many of them women, walked out.

"It was the worst programme I have ever seen, I even complained to Dalvi about this. It was a disgusting experience not just for ladies but for all of us," deputy mayor Ramesh Medhekar told the Hindustan Times. "This is against the cultural ethos of the nation."

Sena ally, the Bharatiya Janata Party, also criticised the programme, calling it "undesirable."

Some women present at the show said the programme was vulgar, adding that Dalvi should have "admonished the organisers for putting up such a performance."

The show was hosted by TV actor Razzak Khan and Rupali Suri.

Talking to the Hindustan Times, Congress corporator Waquarunnisa Ansari accused Dalvi of setting a bad trend. "The Mayor is the first citizen and should set an example for others. Instead of meeting striking doctors and attending to the grievances of citizens, he is organising such shows," said Ansari.

Dalvi was unfazed: "There is so much vulgarity shown on television channels anyway. My programme is being unfairly targeted." "I will take care next time," he added.