Senior Shiv Sena leaders have reportedly expressed their displeasure over the decision of the standing committee chairman Shivram Patil to indefinitely suspend the meetings of the standing committee till municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe allots elected representatives separate time for meeting.
According to a source, “Thane guardian minister Eknath Shinde, MP Rajan Vichare have reportedly expressed displeasure at the decision taken by Patil without taking party higher-ups in confidence.” Leader of the opposition in NMMC, Vijay Chaughuley, has communicated the decision of Patil to party higher ups. According to Sena leaders, “Shiv Sena party will be cooperating with civic chief Mundhe.”
Shiv Sena has supported civic chief Mundhe earlier during his drive against homes constructed out of need by project affected persons.
“The party had earlier maintained a neutral stand even during the bandh called to protest against action taken against unauthorised constructions of PAPs. Given the support enjoyed by Mundhe from public, Shiv Sena cannot afford to antagonise public sentiment,” said a party leader from Navi Mumbai.
Earlier, Shiv Sena leaders Vijay Nahata and leader of opposition Vijay Chaughuley had during a press conference supported Mundhe’s action. However, Patil surprised everyone during the standing committee meeting held this week by declaring that he was indefinitely suspending the standing committee meeting till municipal commissioner Mundhe gives separate time for elected representatives.
Leaders of the political parties, especially from gaothan areas of Navi Mumbai have united themselves against Mundhe and are giving a call for his ouster. These corporators are also demanding that they should be treated with respect by the municipal commissioner.
Suspension of standing committee meetings for indefinite period could adversely affect civic development works in the city as all the proposals come up before this committee for sanction.