A week after a noconfidence motion was passed against him, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday suspended the resolution against Navi Mumbai civic chief Tukaram Mundhe in “public interest”. This was confirmed by a senior bureaucrat confirmed that Fadnavis suspended the resolution passed in the NMMC meeting presided over by Navi Mumbai mayor Sudhakar Sonawane. In all, 104 of the 110 corporators present had assented to the no-trust motion, only six BJP representatives had opposed it. The development is being seen as Fadnavis throwing his weight behind Mundhe.
“Under the provisions of law, a notice has been served on the mayor and NMMC secretary to make their submissions within 30 days. Since the resolution has been suspended, Mundhe will continue to be the commissioner,” the bureaucrat said. Mundhe said Fadnavis’s decision was “interim”. “I will have to wait for the final verdict,” informed Munde . Fadnavis’s decision is being viewed as a major political setback to both Navi Mumbai mayor Sonawane and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who had made it a prestige issue. Thirty-eight Sena corporators had voted in favour of the no-confidence motion against the bureaucrat.Thackeray had later met corporators to discuss their demand for Mundhe’s removal and assured them that he would take it up with Fadnavis.
The contention of the antiMundhe corporators, was that while the civic chief had deliver the goods but he had scant respect for elected representatives.
A month after Munde took over the NMMC reins, he unearthed rampant irregularities in collection of property tax, cleaning and sweeping contracts, purchase of education material and the tendering process.
Several corporators were angered due to the probe initiated by Mundhe, since most of them were embroiled in some shady deals.