BJP divided over inquiry report

ST Correspondent
Friday, 4 May 2018

Inquiry committee denies any irregularity in tender process of door to door waste collection

Pimpri: Differences among the different factions of BJP once again came to fore in Standing Committee meeting. Supporters of MLA Mahesh Landge in Standing Committee differed from the stand taken by Chairperson on rejecting inquiry report on allegations of corruption in the tender process of the door to door waste collection in the city. 

Following the allegations, the State government had initiated an inquiry into the matter, which concluded that ‘no irregularities’ have taken place during the tendering process.

The Standing Committee of PCMC has already decided to scrap the tender. The inquiry report that has given clean chit to the civic body was placed before the Standing Committee during its Wednesday meeting, The members who belong to different factions of ruling BJP were having a different opinion over the inquiry report. Landge faction was in the favour of sending inquiry report the PCMC General Body while members of Jagtap faction were in the favour of rejecting the report of the inquiry committee. As the Jagtap faction dominates the Standing Committee, they decided to reject the inquiry committee report.  

Corporator Vikas Dolas of Landge faction was angry over the Standing Committee decision. “We will not allow the Standing Committee to take a unilateral decision without taking us in the confidence,” he warned. “The inquiry report has given clean chit and made it clear that the tendering process was transparent and it didn’t cause in financial losses to PCMC. Then why the Standing Committee has decided to scrap the tender when the State government has ordered an inquiry into the matter. So we felt that this issue must be taken to the General Body for the final decision,” he added. 

One faction in BJP is in the favour of floating fresh tender while the other faction is in the favour of continuing with the passed tenders. This differences of opinion were clearly visible in Standing Committee meeting. Supporters of two leaders sat in different groups during the meeting.

Although there is no corruption found in the tendering process, one faction of ruling party that holds the key position of Standing Committee wants it to float again. The tender was issued dividing the city into two parts. Instead of ward-wise tender, the tenders clubbing different wards in two parts have been issued. The opposition alleged that since it was clubbed there was no fair competition for the bid. 

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