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Thursday, Sep 19, 2019

Poor show at the PMC general body meet puts BJP to shame

Despite having the house majority, party fails to get proposal passed

pune Updated: Jan 30, 2018 23:54 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
The general body meeting of Pune Municipal Corporation.
The general body meeting of Pune Municipal Corporation.(HT File PHOTO)

Despite having an absolute majority in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was defeated in the general body meeting held on Tuesday as most of its members remained absent for the meeting. On technical grounds, BJP was defeated on the proposal seeking allotment of funds to the areas outside the municipal limit.

Earlier, the municipal administration put forth the proposal in front of the general body, following the request from guardian minister Girish Bapat and minister of state for irrigation Vijay Shivtare. Both the ministers instructed the PMC to allot Rs.10 crore fund for the villages, which include Mangadewadi, Bhilarewadi and Gujar Nimbalkarwadi. The PMC had planned to create a sewage network in these villages and connect it to the PMC lines.

These villages are not part of the municipal limit. If the municipal corporation wants to allot funds to areas outside the municipal limit, it needs to acquire permission from half of the house.

The BJP has a clear majority with 98 members in the PMC. The total house number is 162, considering which, getting a nod for the proposal meant it needed more than 81 votes.

However, when the proposal came for discussion at the general body meet, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress took a stand to remain mum on the proposal. At the same time, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s (MNS) member Vasant More opposed the proposal as these areas are in Katraj, near his ward.

With MNS opposing the proposal, the municipal secretary called for a voting on the proposal. Although,the BJP and Shiv Sena voted in favour of the proposal, the voting number was only 74.

The municipal secretary, later informed the house that for the proposals to be accepted, it needed more than 50 per cent votes of the total house number. Considering this rule, the proposal was rejected at the general body meeting.

It became a laughing point among the opposition parties as BJP was not aware about the rule and failed to manage the floor. Congress leader Arvind Shinde and NCP leader Chetan Tupe, by keeping, mum on the proposal, played it safe to the disadvantage of the BJP.


The opposition party warned of agitations very soon if the ruling party failed to sort out the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj memorial at Kothrud land where the Metro’s car shed and memorial has been proposed. Mayor Mukta Tilak assured that chief minister Devendra Fadnavis would take the appropriate decision on it very soon. Since both the reservations were proposed on the same plot, there was controversy over it. The ruling party is of the view to shift the memorial to the adjacent plot and give the entire land located at Kothrud depot to the Metro car shed.


Roar over ban of the cultural programmes at Shaniwarwada

The elected members across all the parties criticised municipal commissioner Kunal Kumar for banning the cultural programmes at Shaniwarwada for private persons and organisations and reserving it only for government authorities. Mayor Mukta Tialk promised the house that the programmes would be continued. Municipal commissioner said that he will discuss the issue with the party leaders to sort out this issue. As per the intelligence report, after the Bhima Koregaon incident, the municipal administration decided to ban the Shaniwarwada auditorium to cultural events by non-governmental organisations.

First Published: Jan 30, 2018 23:54 IST