Trans­fer of So­la­pur civic chief sets tongues wag­ging

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

Eye­brows are be­ing raised over the abrupt trans­fer of So­la­pur mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Av­inash Dhakne even be­fore he com­pleted two years in of­fice. Dhakne has been posted as col­lec­tor of Jal­gaon, the home town of BJP lead­ers Girish Ma­ha­jan and Ek­nath Khadse.

A month af­ter he took over the reins of So­la­pur Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion in May 2017, Dhakne found de­spite an HC or­der, a case per­tain­ing to co­op­er­a­tion min­is­ter Sub­hash Desh­mukh’s bun­ga­low was hang­ing fire.

Re­spond­ing to a PIL, the HC had asked the civic chief to dis­pose of the com­plaint in a time-bound pe­riod. Dhakne heard more than a dozen re­spon­dents to the pe­ti­tion and held the bun­ga­low was il­le­gal since it was con­structed on a prime plot re­served for a fire brigade sta­tion and a pub­lic gar­den.

Dhakne sub­mit­ted his 27page or­der to the HC on May 30, 2018. When it was ex­pected Desh­mukh’s bun­ga­low would be de­mol­ished in view of Dhakne’s spe­cific ob­ser­va­tions, a sec­tion of re­spon­dents (not Desh­mukh) sud­denly filed an ap­peal be­fore min­is­ter of state for ur­ban devel­op­ment and home, Ran­jeet Patil, seek­ing relief.

Patil heard the re­spon­dents as well as Dhakne, but did not pass any or­der. Now that Dhakne has been shifted, the pos­si­bil­ity of the bun­ga­low be­ing de­mol­ished is re­mote.

A se­nior bu­reau­crat says the bun­ga­low may be de­mol­ished only if the HC steps in else no one will take on Desh­mukh, who is mired in sev­eral con­tro­ver­sies.

Supriya Sule’s en­vi­able record

Bara­mati NCP Lok Sabha mem­ber Supriya Sule has set a new record in the 16th Lok Sabha. As per data com­piled by PRS Leg­isla­tive Re­search, a no-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, Sule has raised the high­est num­ber of ques­tions in the past five years (1,163) and her at­ten­dance (96%) has been im­pres­sive too.

North Mum­bai Lok Sabha mem­ber Gopal Shetty is the only MP from the state with 100% at­ten­dance.

As far as rais­ing ques­tions goes, Sule is fol­lowed by Kol­ha­pur NCP MP Dhanan­jay Ma­hadik (1,155), Madha MP Vi­jaysinh Mo­hite Patil (114), Hin­goli Congress MP Ra­jeev Satao (1097), Shirur Shiv Sena MP Shiva­ji­rao Ad­hal­rao Patil (1081), Nan­dur­bar BJP MP Hina Gavit (1076) and Am­ra­vati Shiv Sena MP Anan­drao Ad­sul (1038).

In terms of at­ten­dance, Shetty is fol­lowed by Shiv Sena’s Arvind Sawant (98%), BJP’s Kirit So­maiya (97%), Latur MP Su­nil Gaik­wad (96%) and Shiv Sena’s Rahul She­wale (94%).

BJP MP from Beed Pri­tam Munde’s at­ten­dance was 54%, while state BJP pres­i­dent Raosa­heb Danve had 58% and San­gli BJP mem­ber San­jay Kaka Patil had 56%.

Sule fo­cused on farm­ers’ sui­cides, the agrar­ian cri­sis and the agri­cul­ture sec­tor, rais­ing a to­tal 53 ques­tions on these is­sues.

Ma­hesh Benkar

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