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BJP national vice-president mourns lack of civic governance powers

Sahasrabuddhe, who is also president of the Indian council for cultural relations by the President of India (ICCR), was in the city on Thursday to deliver a key lecture on ‘Democratic reforms for good governance’, organised by the Pune international centre (PIC). 

pune Updated: Aug 31, 2018 16:53 IST
Parth Welankar
Parth Welankar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Vinay Sahastrabuddhe (left) delivers a lecture on democratic reforms at Yashada on Thursday.(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)

Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national vice-president, said, “Municipal corporations of respective cities do not have enough power of governance. There is a serious need to revisit this problem.”

Sahasrabuddhe, who is also president of the Indian council for cultural relations by the President of India (ICCR), was in the city on Thursday to deliver a key lecture on ‘Democratic reforms for good governance’, organised by the Pune international centre (PIC).

Speaking in his own personal capacity, Sahasrabuddhe said, “City municipal corporations unfortunately have no power other than nuisance value. Even a mayor does not have the sole authority to make one single decision related to a simple road route. For such a small work as well there are multiple agencies that are actively involved.”

Sahasrabuddhe then responded to several questions on the following:

Corruption in politics

“People have a wrong perception that they do not have any other alternative to the on-going corruption they are surrounded with. Ergo, they adapt to the happenings in their surroundings.There are also few people who don’t question it as they have some vested interest in the corrupt system.”

Constitutional amendment on simultaneous elections

“India is a country which is perennially in the election mood which is why we need simultaneous elections the most. Currently the time that is spent on campaign is extremely worrisome. Be it the corporation elections, by-elections or the general elections, a huge amount of time is spent on it. This multiplicity can be put to an end if we have simultaneous election. What is even more important is that, this will get a sense of government stability with more time for governance and less time for campaign.”.

First Published: Aug 31, 2018 16:46 IST