Suraj Patil, Munawer Patel, Ravindra Ithape, Netra Shirke, Shubhangi Patil, Ashok Gurkhe, Vaishali Naik, Girish Mhatre led by Mayor Jaywant Sutar: meet Ganesh Naik’s A-team in NMMC. These NCP corporators blindly follow Ganesh Naik’s diktats as and how it’s discussed in pre general body meetings. It’s a known fact that Ganesh Naik conducts a pre General Body meeting every month to discuss the approvals and conduct in NMMC. It’s something he has shared on public platforms as well.
It’s only after these meetings, are decisions taken by the ruling NCP in NMMC. In the last general body meeting Ganesh Naik top confidantes steered the debate and discussions as they were asked to. It began with NCP corporator Munawer Patel seeking an explanation from the administration re-induction of tainted DMC Prakash Kularni, followed by Suraj Patil demanding an explanation as to why ADTP Momin Owais was not suspended from NMMC.
Leader of the house Ravindra Ithape continued the attack on the administration saying that the Mayor’s orders were being ignored.
When the Commissioner Dr Ramaswamy N said that he wants to share his report on Momin Owais, Suraj Patil said that they wanted a reply why the decision of the GB was not implemented.
The opposition then made its first failed attempt to speak on the issue. 31:07 to 31:30
NCP Corporator Girish Mhatre then backed his colleagues and demanded an explanation from the NMMC Secretary.
Even Shiv Sena corporator Dwarkanath Bhoir was silenced by the Mayor over the issue.
The NMMC Secretary then informed the house that according to the rules, she has sent a letter with the decision of the GB to the Commissioner.
When the Secretary informed that she sent the letter on January 10, Ravindra Ithape alleged that there is purposeful delay within administration to delay suspension of Momin Owais.
Post the discussion, Mayor Jaywant Sutar ordered that the decision of house be implemented with immediate effect.
Opposition Leader Vijay Chougule then demanded why he was not given a chance to talk on the issue.
The opposition then gheraod the Mayor and eventually sat on protest.
In the end however, the Mayor J D Sutar convinced Opposition Leader Vijay Chougule. In a complete contrast of his earlier challenge in the case of ADTP Momin Owais, Vijay Chougule this time said that he won’t speak on the issue in respect of the Mayor.
The debate on ADTP Momin Owais has brought on record the members of Ganesh Naik A-Team of confidantes that are entrusted with the responsibility of executing Ganesh Naik’s orders in NMMC. On the other hand, this general body meet also compels one to see that though Opposition Leader Vijay Chougule makes noise and tries to create impact, for onlookers it looks like a stage-set drama that never turns into reality. In the end, Ganesh Naik’s diktat gets executed while arch rival Vijay Chougule has to bite a humble pie with total helplessness. With bureau inputs, Zeba Warsia for NMTV News.