Corporators question ‘adjourned’ meeting
HIGH DRAMA Standing committee chairman says issue has been resolved as civic commissioner has agreed to give time to meet corporators
There was high drama at the standing committee meeting of NMMC on Thursday, with the NCP members rushing to NMMC secretary demanding to know how the meeting was called when the chairman Shivram Patil of the Shiv Sena, had last week adjourned it indefinitely.
Heated exchanges ensued between the opposition and the NCP members before the secretary could speak. Patil too then clarified the change in the decision.
Patil had last week indefinitely adjourned the standing committee meeting demanding that municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe give specific time to the corporators before any further resolutions are passed.
There had been reports of the Shiv Sena top brass not being pleased with Patil’s decision.
As soon as the meeting started on Thursday, the NCP members led by house leader Jaywant Sutar, rushed towards NMMC secretary Chitra Baviskar and Patil who was seated next to her demanding an explanation on how the meeting was convened.
Sutar said, “The chairman had adjourned it indefinitely. We need to be told how it was convened.”
Heated exchanges then ensued between the NCP and opposition members with Sutar demanding an answer. Patil then asked Baviskar to give a statement. Baviskar said, “Following last week’s meeting, I brought to the notice of the chairman that under MRTP Act section 35B, if the chairman does not hold two consecutive standing committee meetings,
he will be disqualified from his post. He will also be ineligible to be elected to the post during the remain of his tenure.”
Sutar said, “It is obvious that the chairman doesn’t have any knowledge about the functioning and rules and regulations of the committee. He should have consulted the secretary before taking the decision.”
Patil said, “I agree that I do not have all knowledge and that Sutar is well versed in all law. I have now learnt that the meetings have to be held as per law. However, I do not understand why the NCP which claims to know all, often did not hold meetings for almost a month when
their members were chairpersons in the previous years.”
On his demand, Patil said, “I met the commissioner after the last meeting and he told me that it was never his intention to insult the elected representatives and stated that we all need to work together.”
Patil said, “He said that he will soon give specific time to the corporators to meet him. He also stated that if any corporator wants to meet him, he can call him and he will give him time. That resolved the issue and hence the meeting is now being conducted as usual.”
Denying that there was any pressure on him from the party and also dismissing reports of notice being sent to his hotel by NMMC, Patil said, “There was no pressure from my party. It was my decision to adjourn and conduct the meeting. Also, I do not own any hotel and so there is no question of me succumbing to any pressure. If any of my relatives own one, it is not an issue for me.”