Navi Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe went to Mantralaya on Wednesday evening and submitted a report to the state government justifying his actions as commissioner.
The IAS Officers Association is yet to back Mundhe, but the Mantralaya Gazetted Officers Association has appealed to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to scrap the NMMC resolution.
Mundhe met Chief Secretary Swadheen Kshatriya, Principal Secretary Mukesh Khullar of General Administration department and Secretary Manisha Mhaiskar of Urban Development department.
He told the Mantralaya bosses that he had been threatened and warned against entering the NMMC headquarters.
When he was asked whether he wants to stay in NMMC or not, Mundhe categorically said that he was interested in staying in NMMC.
He told them that he was not allowed to speak at all during the discussion on the no-confidence motion, although he had prepared a detailed answer to most allegations. He also told the bureaucrats how the revenue collection in NMMC had increased after his appointment.
The top bureaucrats are also examining the reaction to the no-confidence motion on social media.
Mhaiskar said, “He has submitted a report to us which is being examined and will be sent to the chief minister who is also the Urban Development minister.”
Chief secretary Kshatriya said that the chief minister would take the final call on Mundhe.
BJP’s chief spokesperson Madhav Bhandari said that the BJP corporators had opposed the no-confidence motion and that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis must use his powers to scrap the decision. The CM has always supported good officers, Bhandari said.
A senior IAS officer said that the CM is likely to stall the NMMC decision as the BJP corporators were against the no-confidence motion and the Sena was for it. “It will teach Shiv Sena a proper lesson if he scraps the decision using his powers as UD minister,” he said.