BJP, Shiv Sena must assure Mumbaiites it won’t join hands after BMC polls: Congress
The Congress on Sunday asked the warring Shiv Sena and BJP to give a solemn commitment to the citizens that they will not join hands after the BMC elections to share the spoils of power.mumbai Updated: Feb 20, 2017 15:19 IST
The Congress on Sunday asked the warring Shiv Sena and BJP to give a solemn commitment to the citizens that they will not join hands after the BMC elections to share the spoils of power.
Talking to the media, Randeep Singh Surjewala, media in-charge, All India Congress Committee (AICC), gave a powerpoint presentation on the failure of the ruling Sena-BJP alliance. “The BJP-Sena misrule has left Mumbai bleeding with crumbling infrastructure, crushing public service and collapsing urban development,” said Surjewala. “We challenge the BJP-Sena to give a solemn commitment to Mumbaiites that they will not join hands after the elections to grab power,” he added. He said that the same thing was done in the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) elections where the two formed an alliance to bag power irrespective of the abuses heaped on each other during the campaign.
He taunted both the ruling partners for exposing each other. “The BJP calls Sena as corrupt while the Sena calls BJP as Bharatiya Goonda Party and they both are right. This is an unprincipled open marriage,” he added.
Surjewala in his presentation showcased the failure of the Devendra Fadnavis-led state government saying Mumbai has now become a crime capital. “The molestation cases have gone up by 77.5 %, while the rape cases have gone up by 18 %. Even the crimes against children and riots have also increased,” he added.
While the Sena-BJP are busy running down each other, the Congress party is witnessing infighting among the leaders, according to a source. Almost all the top leaders had ganged up against Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam, accusing him of not taking others into confidence. However, Surjewala downplayed the infighting saying it was a part of intra-party democracy. “Our is a democratic party and there were just differences of opinion. All this has been put to rest and now all our leaders are campaigning for the candidates,” he added.
Surjewala said that Congress on gaining power will usher in transparency and accountability in the BMC. The party also promised relocation of dumping grounds outside Mumbai, free access to open spaces, overhaul of healthcare with increased budgetary allocation along with audited accounts annually.