Oppn de­mands in­quiry against civic sec­re­tary

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

CBD BELAPUR: The op­po­si­tion on Fri­day de­manded an in­quiry into con­duct of NMMC sec­re­tary Chi­tra Baviskar al­leg­ing ar­bi­trary de­ci­sions in the past, in­clud­ing in the re­cently held stand­ing com­mit­tee elec­tions. Mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe did not given any re­sponse to the de­mand.

Tak­ing up the de­mand at the very start of the gen­eral body meet­ing on Fri­day, op­po­si­tion leader Vi­jay Chougule of the Shiv Sena al­leged that the process fol­lowed for the nom­i­na­tion of a mem­ber of the stand­ing com­mit­tee was sus­pect. NCP cor­po­ra­tor Prakash More had been elected in place of NCP cor­po­ra­tor Aparna Gavte who had re­signed in the con­tro­ver­sial gen­eral body meet­ing which had re­port­edly been stayed by the chief min­is­ter.

The NCP had been ac­cused of rush­ing in with the meet­ing to en­sure its mem­ber was elected to help it main­tain its num­ber in the stand­ing com­mit­tee which was due to elect its chair­man. More was not al­lowed to vote in the elec­tion by the pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer, lead­ing to an up­set Shiv Sena win as Congress cor­po­ra­tor Meera Patil voted for the Shiv Sena can­di­date Shivram Patil.

Chougule said, “Dur­ing the elec­tion in the gen­eral body, a pro­vi­sion of an act of 2011 was fol­lowed. Why was it never fol­lowed ear­lier? If it had been fol­lowed, Shiv Sena would have had 9 mem­bers in the stand­ing com­mit­tee.”

Chougule said, “We de­mand that there be a thor­ough in­quiry into the ac­tions of the civic sec­re­tary. If this does not hap­pen, I will re­sort to a fast protest.”

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