In a first, NCP walks out of meet­ing

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

The rul­ing party in the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC), the Na­tion­al­ist Congress Party (NCP), walked out of the stand­ing com­mit­tee meet­ing on Wed­nes­day.

The rea­son: they ob­jected to the man­ner in which stand­ing com­mit­tee chair­man Shivram Patil of the Shiv Sena con­ducted the meet­ing.

The first meet­ing chaired by the newly elected Patil turned out to be full of fire­works as he and Shiv Sena cor­po­ra­tor MK Mad­hvi tore into the NCP by rak­ing up al­leged ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties that they claimed had been com­mit­ted by the ad­min­is­tra­tion, at the be­hest of the lead­ers of the rul­ing party over the years.

With the power of con­duct­ing the meet­ing in the hands of the Shiv Sena, the NCP could of­fer lit­tle re­sis­tance. Bar­ring house leader Jay­want Su­tar, there was no counter to the bar­rage by the Shiv Sena.

The meet­ing it­self started on a con­tro­ver­sial note with Patil declar­ing that newly elected NCP mem­ber Prakash More, who was barred by the pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer from vot­ing in the stand­ing com­mit­tee elec­tion could not par­tic­i­pate in the pro­ceed­ings of the stand­ing com­mit­tee meet­ing. More has moved court and asked for can­cel­la­tion of the stand­ing com­mit­tee elec­tion. The court re­fused to give him a stay on Tues­day.

Patil said, “The is­sue of elec­tion of More is sub ju­dice and so he can­not be al­lowed to take part in the meet­ing.”

He said, “An­other NCP mem­ber Vinod Mha­tre has gone to court on the va­lid­ity of the gen­eral body meet­ing in which More was nom­i­nated. It was held de­spite or­ders by the chief min­is­ter not to.”

The an­nounce­ment led to Su­tar ob­ject­ing and claim­ing that Patil did not have any right to take such a de­ci­sion.

Su­tar also ob­jected to in­clu­sion of two pro­pos­als per­tain­ing to sonog­ra­phy fa­cil­ity at NMMC hospi­tal and con­tract for treat­ment of garbage at Turbhe land­fill site.

Su­tar said, “Th­ese have come at the last mo­ment and we have not had time to study it, so it should not be taken to­day.”

Shiv Sena cor­po­ra­tor MK Mad­hvi in­sisted that de­lay­ing them would af­fect the ser­vices to the res­i­dents of the city.

Patil then put the is­sue to vote.

While all eight NCP mem­bers voted for non-in­clu­sion of the pro­pos­als and the other eight op­po­si­tion mem­bers voted for it, Patil an­nounced that eight had voted for the res­o­lu­tion while seven had voted against it.

He didn’t take More’s vote into ac­count.

This en­raged the NCP and heated ex­changes en­sued. More re­peat­edly asked to be al­lowed to speak but was de­nied per­mis­sion by Patil.

Shiv Sena cor­po­ra­tor MK Mad­hvi, while speak­ing on a pro­posal for ac­qui­si­tion for equip­ment for NMMC hospi­tal, listed var­i­ous al­leged cor­rupt ac­tiv­i­ties and il­le­gal­i­ties com­mit­ted over the years.

He raised the is­sue of de­lay in the open­ing of the new hos­pi­tals that have been in the mak­ing for the past four years, FACC am­bu­lance and sev­eral other is­sues.

Mad­hvi claimed that the of­fi­cials had taken wrong de­ci­sions at the be­hest of the rul­ing party. He also de­manded sus­pen­sion of for­mer ad­di­tional mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner San­jay Pat­ti­war and an inquiry into the work­ing of health de­part­ment to un­earth the truth.

Su­tar again re­peat­edly ob­jected to the al­le­ga­tions claim­ing that they were not re­lated to the pro­posal. With the chair­man not ready to stop Mad­hvi and prevent­ing Su­tar from speak­ing, he led a walk out of the meet­ing along with the other NCP mem­bers rais­ing slo­gans against the chair­man.

The meet­ing then con­tin­ued with pro­pos­als be­ing passed and dis­cus­sions.

Mad­hvi said, “For years, the op­po­si­tion had been si­lenced by the NCP. We now fi­nally have an op­por­tu­nity to raise our voice for the peo­ple of the city. We also have a mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner who is ready to take ac­tion where a wrong has been com­mit­ted. We will make sure that democ­racy truly works now.”

He added, “The NCP is not used to see­ing the op­po­si­tion speak and hence they walked out.”

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