NCP ad­journs gen­eral body meet­ing, cites code of con­duct

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CBD BE­LA­PUR: There seems to be some­thing se­ri­ously wrong with the Na­tion­al­ist Congress Party’s de­ci­sions and ac­tions of late. First it re­jected the smart city project res­o­lu­tion ear­lier this month, af­ter pro­mot­ing it for months.

On Fri­day, the NCP ad­journed the gen­eral body meet­ing soon af­ter it started cit­ing the code of con­duct for the Nerul by-polls.

The ad­journ­ment has come in for crit­i­cism by the op­po­si­tion which has blamed it for wast­ing time and money of the cor­po­ra­tion and the cor­po­ra­tors.

NMMC op­po­si­tion leader Vi­jay Chougule said, “One fails to understand why the gen­eral body meet­ing was called in the first place, when the rul­ing party knew that the code of con­duct is in place.”

He added, “To­day, ev­ery­one came pre­pared to speak on such im­por­tant is­sues of wa­ter sup­ply short­age and smart city. We are how­ever, re­turn­ing with­out any dis­cus­sion.”

As soon as the house con­vened, re­spects were paid to farm­ers’ leader Sharad Joshi, who passed away re­cently.

NMMC house leader Jay­want Su­tar then stood up and said, “Since the elec­tions to Nerul ward 88 have been an­nounced, the code of con­duct has come in force and hence the meet­ing should be ad­journed.”

Chougule, who spoke next told mayor Sud­hakar Son­awane, “Next time, there are plans to ad­journ such meet­ings, call the op­po­si­tion to your of­fice and dis­cuss it.”

He added, “If you wanted to ad­journ the meet­ing, why did you call ev­ery­one all this way to the head­quar­ters.”

The mayor then ad­journed the meet­ing. Son­awane said, “We had an­nounced the gen­eral body meet­ing and the agenda had been sent. How­ever, later, the by-elec­tions to ward 88 were an­nounced bring­ing the code of con­duct into ef­fect.”

He added, “Since the gen­eral body had been called, it was nec­es­sary to present the con­do­lence res­o­lu­tion and then ad­journ the meet­ing.”

Mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Di­nesh Wagh­mare said, “Hold­ing of meet­ings is not un­der my ju­ris­dic­tion and hence I can­not com­ment on it.”

An NMMC of­fi­cial said, “The elec­tion depart­ment of NMMC had not given the let­ter of code of con­duct be­ing in force to the NMMC sec­re­tary of­fice and hence the meet­ing was not called off.”

The Sec­tor 3 area of Nerul that falls un­der the ward was hotly con­tested in the civic elec­tions held in April this year with the Congress can­di­date Nu­tan Raut los­ing by around 250 votes to NCP’s Shashikala Mal­adi.

The by- elec­tion has been ne­ces­si­tated af­ter the death of cor­po­ra­tor Shashikala Mal­adi.

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