Oppn demands inquiry against civic secretary
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.”