Pune: The general body (GB) meeting of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has become an arena of allegations and counter allegations between the ruling and opposition parties since both are training their guns at each other instead of pursuing the agenda of development.
Since the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) overthrew the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Indian National Congress from the seat of power in the PMC in February this year to became the new ruler of PMC, both the ruling and the opposition exchanged each other’s roles when it comes to pursuing the agenda of development.
Instead of the general body meeting being held for discussions and considering the pros and cons of policies to be finalised, the ruling and opposition parties are engaged in verbal tussles, allegations and counter allegations against each other.
This is happening when the PMC is going through a tough time, as there was a breakdown in the relationship between civic chief Kunal Kumar and the civic administration, with ruling party members complaining that the civic administration is not taking the elected representatives into confidence, and more importantly, ambitious projects like round the clock water supply is being rolled out with the civic administration failing to carry out pre-monsoon work and declaring the crucial disaster management plan.
Earlier, the new rulers tried to manage the general body meetings, but when they realised that only numbers cannot take on the highly experienced opposition, they resorted to muzzling the voice of the opposition by hook or by crook, and the general body meetings have become an arena of hue and cry, agitations, walkouts and allegations.
Leader of the house Shrinath Bhimale said that the general body meeting is held as per the set rules, but the opposition parties are not in the mood to discuss the agenda of development. “We tried to take the opposition into confidence many times but all our efforts went in vain,” he said.
When contacted, senior Congress corporator Arvind Shinde said that the understanding level of the BJP leaders is low, so they could not make a point in the general body meeting while pushing the proposals. “The BJP is not interested in listening to the opposition and they could not put forth the points to support their proposals. Moreover, they fear getting exposed if the opposition parties are allowed to speak in the general body meetings,” Shinde told Sakal Times.
In fact, senior BJP leaders should intervene and explain to their leaders in the PMC how to run the civic body, he added further.