Edited By: Nitya Thirumalai
Final Up to date: February 16, 2023, 13:17 IST
BMC constructing in Mumbai. (Shutterstock)
The Opposition has alleged that the BJP is misusing public cash to woo voters forward of BMC elections as 77 wards represented by the saffron celebration have been given provision for Rs 3 crore every, whereas wards represented by opposition events might be getting Rs 1 crore every
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Company finds itself on the centre of a political controversy but once more with opposition events alleging that wards which have BJP illustration have been granted provision for additional funds within the civic physique’s newest price range.
These 77 wards might be getting Rs 3 crore every, whereas wards represented by BJP rivals like Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP might be getting Rs 1 crore every, the opposition has alleged, terming it misuse of public cash to woo voters forward of BMC elections this yr.
Within the Rs 52,619.07 crore BMC price range for the yr 2023-24, municipal commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal, who’s the state-appointed administrator of the civic physique, has made provisions for funds for the 227 electoral wards. This provision has been made underneath the top — ‘Provision for offering varied primary civic facilities together with improvement work’.
Terming it a “determined” transfer, Maharashtra Congress chief Sachin Sawant mentioned: “The BJP is crushing all parts of democracy. BJP-dominated 77 wards might be getting Rs 3 crore and different wards will get Rs 1 crore. It’s an epic instance of the BJP’s desperation to win the BMC. That is nothing however bulldozer remedy by the BJP. It’s a transparent message from BJP to voters that those that give them votes will get extra funds for improvement.”
1/2 सत्ता मिळवण्यासाठी भाजपा किती खालच्या थराला जाऊ शकतो याची अनंत उदाहरणे देशासमोर आहेत. त्याचपध्दतीने मुंबई महानगरपालिकेत सत्ता बळकावण्याच्या उद्देशाने शिंदे-फडणवीस सरकार संवैधानिक व लोकशाही तत्व खुलेआम पायदळी तुडवत आहे. भाजपा आपला बालेकिल्ला मानते अशा BMC वॉर्डांत ₹ 3 कोटी pic.twitter.com/N544CKLcbJ— Sachin Sawant सचिन सावंत (@sachin_inc) February 15, 2023
Questioning the transfer, NCP spokesperson Clyde Crasto requested: “Contemplating the upcoming civic physique polls, is the BMC campaigning for the BJP?”
“In a bid to appease voters forward of upcoming polls, BJP has resorted to low-level politics. That is nothing however misuse of public cash by the BMC for private and political acquire of the BJP,” he added.
Refuting the allegations, the BMC in an announcement mentioned: “Funds had been allotted as per request obtained by former BJP group chief in BMC Prabhakar Shinde in January 2023, who had submitted the letter with demand that 77 wards ought to get Rs 3 crore improvement fund. Nobody else submitted related request for remainder of the 150 wards.”
Defending BMC chief Chahal, Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar lashed out on the Congress and NCP, whose Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition with Shiv Sena was ousted from energy final yr.
◆गेली 5 वर्ष मुंबईकरांनीच निवडून दिलेल्या 82 भाजपच्या नगरसेवकांना निधी वाटपात कारभाऱ्यांनी सापत्न वागणूक दिली. ◆निधीचे कोट्यवधीचे लोंढे मानखुर्द, गोवंडी, मोहम्मद अली रोड आणि मालवणीकडे वेगाने वाहत गेले. ◆82 भाजपा नगरसेवकांच्या वाँर्डमध्ये मुंबईकर राहत नव्हते काय?1/2— Adv. Ashish Shelar – ॲड. आशिष शेलार (@ShelarAshish) February 15, 2023
“Within the final 5 years, additional funds for improvement had been diverted to Mankhurd, Govandi, Mohammad Ali Highway and Malavani. So why additional funds weren’t given to BJP corporators?” he mentioned in a sequence of tweets, difficult Shiv Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray to a debate on the difficulty.
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