Navi mum­bai Sena, BJP call for Navi Mum­bai bandh

NMMC op­po­si­tion par­ties, stu­dents protest against NCP’s de­ci­sion to re­ject the Rs8,000- crore smart city project

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Op­po­si­tion par­ties in the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion, the Shiv Sena and BJP have called for a shut­down on De­cem­ber 18 to protest and cre­ate aware­ness on the re­jec­tion of the smart city project.

On Tues­day, the rul­ing NCP in the NMMC gen­eral body meet­ing re­jected the Rs8,000- crore project.

The Op­po­si­tion along with stu­dents, nurses and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of var­i­ous sec­tions of the so­ci­ety held a protest at Shivaji Chowk in Vashi on Thurs­day.

The stu­dents held plac­ards al­leg­ing cor­rup­tion and declar­ing that there will be no smart city if there is no 5% com­mis­sion. They also ques­tioned why ‘NCP un­cle’ had with­drawn sup­port to the project af­ter rais­ing their hopes and get­ting them to par­tic­i­pate in var­i­ous events and com­pe­ti­tions.

NMMC op­po­si­tion leader Vi­jay Chougule gave the shut­down call, say­ing: “Al­most 5 l akh peo­ple who had given their sug­ges­tions for the smart city project have been in­sulted by the NCP. Th­ese in­cluded the com­mon man, in­tel­lec­tu­als and even celebri­ties. They took ev­ery­one for a ride for the past three to four months and claimed credit.”

“Why did they call a spe­cial gen­eral body meet­ing if they were not in­ter­ested in the project?” he said, adding the bandh will be peace­ful. Res­i­dents and school stu­dents joined Shiv Sena and BJP in their protest against NCP’s re­jec­tion of the smart city project, on Thurs­day at Shivaji Chowk, Vashi.

“It has been called to send a strong mes­sage to the rul­ing party and cre­ate aware­ness on the is­sue,” said Chougule.

Cor­po­ra­tor Ram­chan­dra Gharat, BJP group leader of the NMMC, said the aim in call­ing for a bandh is not to cause trou­ble to any­one. “It will ex­pose

the rul­ing party and con­vey the peo­ple’s sen­ti­ments,” he said.

“This is the first time in the coun­try’s history that peo­ple’s opin­ion was sought for such a huge project. The peo­ple of the city too re­sponded over­whelm­ingly. While just over 3 lakh peo­ple had voted in the two

con­stituen­cies of the city in the last as­sem­bly elec­tion, al­most 5 lakh sent in their sug­ges­tions. This showed the in­ter­est, hope and com­mit­ment of the peo­ple. The pro­posal has been re­jected only be­cause the rul­ing party wants the keys of the project,” said Gharat.

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