Transfer of Solapur civic chief sets tongues wagging
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.