NMMC chair­man: Not in­volved in il­le­gal con­struc­tion in city

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

CBD BE­LA­PUR: Stand­ing com­mit­tee chair­man Shivram Patil has dis­missed al­le­ga­tions of il­le­gal con­struc­tion made against him and his cor­po­ra­tor wife Anita to the mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner by for­mer NCP cor­po­ra­tor Ke­shav Mha­tre.

Patil claimed the NCP is play­ing dirty pol­i­tics be­cause it has lost the stand­ing com­mit­tee chair­man elec­tion.

He has chal­lenged the party to come out in the open with proof and have a public de­bate.

Mha­tre has asked the mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner to dis­qual­ify Patil as a cor­po­ra­tor. He has al­leged Patil, his wife and son are in­volved in il­le­gal con­struc­tion work.

Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence on Tues­day at the NMMC head­quar­ters, Patil claimed, “The prop­erty tax re­ceipt sub­mit­ted as proof is not of that place, but of my house in my vil­lage,” he said.

“Mha­tre, who is mak­ing al­le­ga­tions against me, should first in­tro­spect be­cause he and his fam­ily are them­selves in­volved in il­le­gal con­struc­tion,” Patil said.

Tar­get­ing for­mer min­is­ter Ganesh Naik (pic­tured above), Patil said, “Mha­tre is only a pawn in the hands of his political bosses, who are be­ing forced to loosen their grip on the NMMC.

While they did not have their par­ty­men as mayor and deputy mayor, the Shiv Sena has now taken the SC chair­man­ship as well.”

“They are now re­sort­ing to false al­le­ga­tions and com­plaints against Shiv Sena and BJP cor­por­tors and play­ing cheap and dirty pol­i­tics,” he said.

Re­spond­ing to the at­tack on him, for­mer cor­po­ra­tor Ke­shav Mha­tre said, “Nei­ther me nor my wife cor­po­ra­tor Ch­haya Mha­tre have any il­le­gal con­struc­tion in our name. My build­ings are on land that be­longs to me and I have not taken ben­e­fit of CIDCO’s 12.5% scheme. It is Patil who should in­tro­spect.”

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