BJP looking to put brakes on parties driving out PMPML chief Mundhe
BJP has asked corporators to go slow on the issue of removal of Tukaram Mundhe, managing director, PMPMLUpdated: Jul 06, 2017, 15:35 IST
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) finds itself in a tight spot with corporators from both the municipal corporations – Pune and Pimpri-Chnichwad – demanding transfer of Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd (PMPML) managing director Tukaram Mundhe. Corporators have been asked to go slow on the issue as it was the BJP, which had demanded Mundhe as PMPML chief, three months ago.
BJP corporators, particularly office bearers, have launched an attack on Mundhe for his style of functioning. However, what has made the BJP leadership anxious is the issue raised by Pimpri-Chinchwad corporators, who have objected to the procurement of diesel without inviting tenders and following procedure.
Pune mayor Mukta Tilak has announced that she would write a letter to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, requesting the removal of Mudhe. Leader of the House Shrinath Bhimale has complained that Mundhe was insulting elected representatives and was not ready to listen their suggestions.
PCMC standing committee chairman Seema Savle has also criticised Mundhe’s style of functioning and raised the issue of diesel procurement. She is also supported by a majority of party corporators in Pimpri-Chinchwad.
Sources in the BJP said that corporators have been advised to have restrain while criticising Mundhe, considering his image and efficiency. A BJP leader said on the condition of anonymity that issue, if not handled smoothly, may backfire and the party will have to pay the price for it.
“Officers must understand rights and concerns of elected representatives. This is very important in local self government. If any of these two are not aware of the responsibility, problems are bound to crop up unnecessarily,” said Yogesh Gogavale, BJP Pune unit president. He said that the party would discuss the issue and would come out with some solution.
BJP leaders in Pune and Piimpri-Chinchwad plan to have a joint meeting over the issue but the party is not in mood to move any formal resolution which will embarrass the Fadnavis government. BJP leaders said that they would prefer to sort the issue at an informal level. They point out that opposition parties including Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena have already supported the demand for Mundhe’s removal but ensure that they would not get any political mileage.
Reasons for the provocation:
*Hike in school bus fare came as an immediate provocation for political parties, which were already disappointed with Mundhe over various issues since he took over as the PMPML chief in March this year. PMPML administration maintain that they had to increase the fare for school buses as PMC did not give them subsidy. All political parties opposed Mundhe’s move.
*Political parties were already upset with Mundhe for various steps taken by him to make PMPML efficient. It includes a major revamp in administration and fixing of working hours. Elected representatives complained that Mundhe does not attend or entertain their suggestions and complaints.
*Mundhe was transferred from Navi Mumbai after he crossed swords with elected representatives over demolition of unauthorised construction. He was posted in Navi Mumbai from Solapur also because of a dispute with elected representatives.