Pune: In a classic case of how discipline becomes a thing of yesterday, the BJP has landed itself in a tight spot viz-a-vis attendance of its corporators in the Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) General Body meetings.
The party, which often boasts of its high regard for maintaining discipline among the rank and file, has issued showcause notices to 25 members for not attending General Body meetings. In the absence of the required strength, the party had to face embarrassment while passing a proposal in the meeting despite being the single largest party in the civic body.
Shrinath Bhimale, Leader of House and BJP party leader in the PMC, said, “It is a routine exercise to send showcause notices. I have sent it to 25 absent members of the General Body. We were short of the strength as some of our members were not present. So, we sent them showcause notices to explain the reason for their absence. Around 10 members have already sent a reply to the notice and said that they could not attend the meeting due to some personal reasons.” Bhimale added, “They have assured us that they will not repeat this in the future.”
It so happened that the ruling BJP wanted to pass a proposal towards allotting funds to newly merged villages. As Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) member Vasant More had taken objection to the proposal, the municipal secretary had called a vote. The BJP and Shiv Sena voted in favour of the proposal, but the count was only 74 and the proposal was rejected. Interestingly, the BJP alone has 98 seats in the 162-member house.
It may be recalled that upon winning with a clear majority in the PMC last year, city BJP president Yogesh Gogawale had made it mandatory for corporators to attend General Body meetings. However, BJP members seem to have forgotten the diktat. Earlier too, the BJP had to issue a whip to its members for voting in favour of proposale for an integrated bicycle plan and bylaws of solid waste management.