BJP leader wants Mu­lund hall to start host­ing plays

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI - SWEETY ADIMULAM

Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) cor­po­ra­tor Prakash Gan­gad­hare from Mu­lund has writ­ten to BMC Com­mis­sioner Ajoy Me­hta on Septem­ber 14 de­mand­ing that the au­thor­i­ties start host­ing plays at Mu­lund’s Kal­i­das Natya­mandir, which was in­au­gu­rated on July 18. Gan­gad­hare’s let­ter to Me­hta states, “Though ren­o­va­tion work has been com­pleted and al­most two months time has assed af­ter the in­au­gu­ra­tion, still not a sin­gle play has been staged over here.”

The let­ter fur­ther states, “As it is the only the­atre avail­able for the sub­ur­ban peo­ple re­sid­ing at Mu­lund and other ad­join­ing ar­eas the cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties should be started im­me­di­ately.”

Meanwhile, he also claimed that the two mem­bers com­mit­tee of Deputy Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mis­sioner (DMC) formed by Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion Com­mis­sioner to in­ves­ti­gate the ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties of the Bri­han­mum­bai Krida and Lal­itkala Pratisthan (BKLP) trust man­aged by Shiv Sena sec­re­tary and pop­u­lar marathi ac­tor Adesh Ban­dekar who han­dles the func­tion­ing of Kal­i­das Natya Mandir has been com­pleted and de­tails of probe to be pro­vided to him. In ad­di­tion, the trust should be dis­solved im­me­di­ately and all the func­tion­ing should be man­aged by the BMC hence­forth.

Free Press Journal ear­lier also pub­lished an ar­ti­cle on Au­gust 4 stat­ing that even 15 days passed af­ter in­au­gu­ra­tion not a sin­gle the­atre held over due to var­i­ous ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties found out by the civic body against the Bri­han­mum­bai Krida and Lal­itkala Pratisthan (BKLP) trust which look af­ter the the­atre from past many years. In­ter­est­ingly while in­ter­view­ing Me­hta on Au­gust 16 same ques­tion was put­forth be­fore him. How­ever he de­nied that theatres ac­tiv­i­ties have been stopped due to any ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties and re­marked that events have al­ready been started, which was a false claim.

This isn’t the first time that the Ma­hakavi Kal­i­das Natya­mandir art the­atre in Mu­lund has been in news for the wrong re­son. In July when the the­atre was in­au­gu­rated, the BJP coun­cil­lors had boy­cotted it. The art the­atre was in­au­gu­rated by Ud­dhav Thack­rey, Shiv Sena pres­i­dent. How­ever, state Cul­tural Min­is­ter Vinod Tawde, also a BJP leader, had also skipped the pro­gramme. Gan­gad­har had at that time stated that though a let­ter had been given to Vish­wanath Ma­hadesh­war, mayor of Mum­bai, to in­vite Chief Min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis, no such in­vi­ta­tion had been given.

BJP cor­po­ra­tor Prakash Gan­gad­hare

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