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Shiv Sena, BJP corporators clash at Mumbai civic body’s GST event

Mumbai city news: The elected representatives to the civic body disrupted the event with defamatory sloganeering and jibes

mumbai Updated: Jul 07, 2017 12:38 IST
Tanushree Venkatraman
Tanushree Venkatraman
Hindustan Times
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As Shiv Sena chief Thackeray stepped on to the dais, BJP corporators began shouting ‘Modi Modi’.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

An event organised at the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) headquarters turned ugly after a clash between corporators from the ruling Shiv Sena and BJP on Wednesday in the presence of Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. The elected representatives to the civic body disrupted the event with defamatory sloganeering and jibes. BJP corporator Makrand Narvekar alleged he was heckled by Sainiks and stopped from entering the BMC. The incident is an indication of just how bad relations between the two parties, which ruled the BMC together for two decades, have become.

On Wednesday, state finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar presented a Rs647.34 crore cheque to Mumbai mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar and Thackeray as a first compensation for the BMC’s loss of revenue from Octroi duty, scrapped under the GST regime.

As Thackeray stepped on to the dais, BJP corporators began shouting ‘Modi Modi’. Sena members passed a defamatory remark against Modi. Then began the sloganeering, which went on for some time, until BMC chief Ajoy Mehta had to request corporators to pipe down.

But it did not end there. BJP corporators left the hall in groups when Thackeray began addressing the corporators.

Thackeray also chose the occasion to take potshots at the BJP leadership. The GST implementation has invited mixed reactions in the country, also resulting in strikes in Modi’s home state of Gujarat, Thackeray said. “Some are happy, some have criticised, some are protesting. There are protests at Modi’s home also. Any new change has to be assessed by the government and improvised upon,” he said, in an apparent reference to PM Modi’s home state Gujarat.

Meanwhile, BJP corporator Narvekar alleged he was heckled at gate number 3 of the BMC headquarters and stopped from entering the premises. However, Narvekar spoke about the ruckus only after the event was over. It can be noted Narvekar served his last term as Sena’s nominated councillor before joining the BJP during the February 2017 municipal elections. He said, “I was stopped from entering the BMC building by Sainiks. It is a historic day for the city when the government has provided compensation in advance. Still, the Sainiks resorted to violence, which shows their mob mentality and psyche, similar to hooligans.”

When asked about the number of people and if there were any Sena corporators around, Narvekar said, “The CCTV footage will reveal all details.”

BJP group leader in the BMC Manoj Kotak said the party leadership will decide if a police complaint has to be filed. Sena corporators, however, termed it a stunt by Narvekar. Kishori Pednekar, a senior Sena corporator said, “He just wants to grab attention in the party. And even if Sainiks did this, we take pride in it.” Pednekar also said the BJP insulted Sena founder Bal Thackeray, which prompted the Sena members to react.

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First Published: Jul 06, 2017 01:00 IST