BMC’s trans­parency: Here’s the real story

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - KV Lak­sh­mana letters@hin­dus­tan­

sur­vey on which the re­port is based gives Mum­bai a much lower rank­ing. The Cen­tre’s re­port is based on Janaa­graha’s An­nual Sur­vey of In­dia’s City Sys­tems (ASICS). HT ac­cessed this re­port to read the fine print. The ASICs re­port as­sesses trans­parency on two counts — is there enough in­for­ma­tion and par­tic­i­pa­tion, and how well are com­plaints ad­dressed. On the first count, Mum­bai was third from top, af­ter Hy­der­abad and Ban­ga­lore; on the se­cond, third from bot­tom. The Sena used the Eco­nomic Sur­vey re­port to hit out at the Fad­navis gov­ern­ment that has been tar­get­ing it over trans­parency. The CM used the Janaa­graha re­port to point out how BMC did well only in ini­tia­tives of the state gov­ern­ment.

A make-or-break show­down lays ahead for Tamil Nadu as AIADMK leader VK Sasikala al­leged on Satur­day that the de­lay in mak­ing her the chief min­is­ter was a de­lib­er­ate de­sign to split the party. The long­time con­fi­dante of for­mer chief min­is­ter and party supremo, the late J Jay­alalithaa, is await­ing the gover­nor’s re­sponse to end the po­lit­i­cal stale­mate af­ter she al­legedly forced O Pa­neer­sel­vam to re­sign from the top post in the south­ern state.

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