Ever since the NMMC corporators elections of 2015, there has no general body meeting when the opposition has not attacked and levied allegations on the ruling NCP led by Ganesh Naik over issues. While the NCP allowed the opposition to have a field day more often than not, the general body meeting held last week was a different scenario. NCP corporators, in what seemed to be a completely planned and thought of strategy put up a united front in attacking the opposition. Led by Mayor J D Sutar, they gave the opposition no opportunity to talk or speak on any subject. All hell broke loose when two proposals of Shiv Sena corporator Vinaya Madhvi’s ward were brought in the house. While the proposal for road works was approved, the proposal in regards to a school was not taken up by the Mayor.
A highly irked Vinaya Madhvi and M K Madhvi along with corporators of the opposition benches created mayhem and gheraod the Mayor. In the course of this, Vinaya Madhvi used inappropriate words.
This led to NCP women corporators demanding that Vinaya Madhvi apologize to the Mayor.
Even the Mayor demanded an apology but when Vinaya Madhvi did not relent, leader of the house Ravindra Ithape demanded that Vinaya Madhvi should be suspended for the last general body meeting. And Mayor J D Sutar suspended her.
Though Vinaya Madhvi did not accept the decision or leave the house.
The Vinaya Madhvi episode made it clear that the NCP wants to cut down the opposition to its size in NMMC. The NCP corporators, including women corporators, put up a united front to take on the opposition that was not allowed to speak on any issue. It also brought to light the factions within Shiv Sena. One could not miss how Vijay Chougule went on a call and did not utter any demand or debate over the Madhvi issue. Despite being the Opposition Leader he chose to keep it low. It’s a known fact in political corridors of the city that M K Madhvi and Vijay Chougule, both MLA aspirants from Shiv Sena are arch rivals. Political observers say that with upcoming elections and aware that the NMMC General Body has many MLA aspirants, the NCP does not want to give any space to the opposition to attack them from the NMMC platforms. With bureau inputs, Zeba Warsia for NMTV News.