BJP coun­cil­lors raise a stink in BMC meet

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI - STAFF RE­PORTER

Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) coun­cil­lors on Thurs­day went to teach Shiv Sena a les­son in their style by rais­ing a stink. They brought a caged rat dur­ing the Gen­eral Coun­cil Meet­ing (GCM) to demon­strate their protest for the fall­ing stan­dards of hy­giene in Shatabdi hospi­tal at Kan­di­vali. Ashraf Azmi, the Con­gress party cor­po­ra­tor tabled the pro­posal in the GCM un­der sec­tion 66(b) which al­lows coun­cil­lors to raise their con­cern on griev­ous is­sues con­cerned to the pub­lic.

It has been re­ported re­cently that the civic-run Shatabdi hospi­tal is in a pa­thetic con­di­tion due to lack of main­te­nance and ad­min­is­tra­tion. Manoj Ko­tak Group Leader of BJP in BMC slammed the civic body and the rul­ing Shiv Sena. He said, “It speaks of apa­thy of the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion for their fail­ure to pro­vide good med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties to the poor pa­tients. It also shows the pest con­trol depart­ment is highly in­ef­fi­cient in tak­ing mea­sures. Ko­tak also warned if BMC failed to pro­vide poor med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties, their party would un­der­take more protests high­light­ing the poor con­di­tions of civic hospi­tals.

Kamlesh Ya­dav, the Kan­di­vali ward cor­po­ra­tor of BJP, was the one who brought the rat into the

BMC. Ya­dav al­leged even af­ter re­peated com­plaints made to the hospi­tal staff re­gard­ing the ro­dent men­ace, no ac­tion has been taken. “It is im­por­tant for those sit­ting in air-con­di­tioned cab­ins to un­der­stand the pain of poor pa­tients. The party mem­bers liked the idea of bring­ing rat,” said Ya­dav.

Nat­u­rally the Mayor Vish­wanath Ma­hadeswar was miffed and dis­al­lowwd the BJP cor­po­ra­tors to take the rat in the meet­ing.

Re­cently, a wo­man pa­tient who was be­ing treated had her eye bit­ten by ro­dents when she was fast asleep. Sim­i­larly, an­other pa­tient se­nior cit­i­zen was bit­ten on her left leg by a ro­dent.

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