MUMBAI: Three days after Mumbai Radio Jockey Malishka’s musical video ridiculing Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) went super viral on the Internet, Shiv Sena which rules the BMC, launched a counter-attack against the young RJ with a similar song and claimed that Mumbai’s bad infrastructure is not just the responsibility of the BMC.
In some other parts of Maharashtra, people are seen taking inspiration from the Mumbai RJ’s video and shooting their own videos to highlight civic apathy resulting in bad roads or other problems. The video by Malishka, which targets the BMC for potholes and other problems which affect Mumbai residents every year has now crossed over two lakh views on the Internet.
Now, in its own song being circulated on social media platforms, the Shiv Sena claims that Malishka has insulted Mumbai city.
The Shiv Sena further says that the traffic in the city is controlled by the traffic police and not by the Brihanmumbai Municipal corporation, while the Railways come under the Central government and many roads in Mumbai are under the jurisdiction of the State government appointed Mumbai Meteropolitan Regaion Development Authority (MMRDA).
The Shiv Sena alleges that this is a conspiracy to malign the BMC and ultimately the ruling Shiv Sena. According to Shiv Sena spokesperson Harshal Pradhan, many Shiv Sainiks have composed its song targeting Malishka. “The group of Shiv Sainiks composed it and then posted in on social media. We also have a plan to shoot a video and upload on YouTube,” he said.
The Shiv Sena group leader in BMC, Yashwant Jadhav said some people had prejudice against Shiv Sena, so they keep criticising the BMC and Shiv Sena.
“Shiv Sena is ruling in the BMC so they are trying to malign it and that will malign Shiv Sena ultimately,” Jadhav said.
However, recently RJ Malishka got a call from a listener named Suresh who also happens to be a driver. Jadhav complained to Malishka about how a huge pothole on the Kherwadi flyover was causing traffic nuisance every day. After this a lot of listeners called in to complain about the same issue and how the traffic was very frustrating.
Malishka then made a call to the BMC helpline for potholes to file a complaint on behalf of Mumbaikars. She spoke to BMC’s Chief Engineer Sanjay Darade, who promised her that the complaint will be attended to within two hours and the pothole will be mended on the same day. Suresh, the driver, called up Malishka after crossing the Kherwadi flyover again and informed her that the potholes are gone.