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I will leave public life if proved guilty: Bhapkar
Sakal Times | Friday, 21 April 2017 AT 11:29 AM IST
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Pimpri: The spat between former corporator Maruti Bhapkar and PCMC Standing Committee Chairperson Seema Savale continued as the former issued a press release on Thursday, refuting allegations made against him.

Bhapkar, in his press release, came down heavily on Savale, saying she has not been able to digest his criticism of the way the new Standing Committee is functioning.

It is the duty of the opposition parties to keep a watch on how money is being spent by the ruling party, he stated.  

“I have been opposing corrupt practices of office-bearers from the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). My fight is not against any individual but against corruption. Savale is not mature enough to take criticism in her stride. She has taken it personally and has defamed me,” said Bhapkar.

Bhapkar alleged that Savale has trained guns on him through a journalist, who writes for a local portal, as she didn’t have guts to accuse him openly.

Clarifying on his past decisions to join politics first as a supporter of the Aam Aadmi Party, Arvind Kejriwal and then fighting civic elections on a Shiv Sena ticket, Bhapkar said, “These people (ruling party members) don’t have a moral right to utter the names of Anna Hazare, Medha Patkar and Arvind Kejriwal. I have from time to time clarified my stand on them, which they also know. I have been involved in the anti-corruption movement launched by Hazare. I never quit it.”

He challenged Savale to launch a public inquiry against him or his family, as the BJP is in power in the city, the State and at the Centre.

He said if the allegations against him are proved, he would leave public life. However, if they are not proved, Savale should resign as Chairperson of the Standing Committee and apologise to citizens.

Declaring that he is mulling legal action against those accusing him of malpractices, Bhapkar said the BJP has come to power promising transparency in governance.

He has been insisting on this and has been corresponding with the civic and state administration. This has upset the ruling party in the PCMC. Hence, they have panicked and are pointing a finger at him.


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