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1st GB meet in PMC turns stormy
Ashish Jadhav | Monday, 20 March 2017 AT 11:09 PM IST
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Pune: The very first General Body (GB) meeting of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) presided over by the first BJP Mayor Mukta Tilak turned stormy on Monday as the microphones of the opposition party members were put off so they could not speak in the meeting and raise questions over the functioning of the House.

The members of the NCP, Congress and the Shiv Sena took the ruling BJP govt in the State to the task of putting a stay on construction work of water tanks which is a part of the round-the-clock water supply.

As the meeting started, the BJP members raised the issue of unequal and irregular water supply in the city and the opposition members joined immediately to target the ruling BJP. After the General Body meeting started, the ruling BJP members forgot for a while that they are the new rulers in the PMC and started complaining against the civic administration for sudden unequal distribution of water and irregular water supply in many parts of the city.

However, sensing the opportunity to target the BJP, the NCP and Congress members raised the issue of the stay order by the State on the ongoing work of construction of water tanks as a part of round-the-clock water supply. But observing the escalation in sharp criticism on the BJP over the stay order, Mayor Mukta Tilak, who was presiding over the very first GB meeting suddenly instructed a BJP member to speak.


Senior member of NCP Nanda Lonkar who contested the mayor elections against Tilak last week, was stopped from speaking and her microphone was put off.

This was not enough even when Opposition leader Chetan Tupe, who tried to raise questions over what Lonkar said, was not allowed to speak in the House. Tupe’s microphone was also put off.

Infuriated over not being allowed to speak in the House, all the NCP and Congress members rushed into the well and started chanting slogans against the BJP till the mayor promised to allow Lonkar to complete her speech.

Interestingly, the opposition members raised doubts over Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar himself conducting a probe into the tender process of constructing water tanks when the allegations were made against him in the same case.

Replying to the opposition, Leader of the House Shrinath Bhimale who received a note from Mayor Tilak on what topics he should talk on, said that the municipal commissioner submitted the probe report to the State government on the stay order of the tender process on Monday and the opposition members were levelling allegations just because they failed to digest the fact that the BJP came to power in the PMC.

As General Body meeting started, the ruling BJP
members forgot for a while that they are the new rulers in the PMC and started complaining against the civic administration for sudden unequal distribution of water and irregular water supply in many parts of the city.
 
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