PUNE: After Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) Chairman and Managing Director Tukaram Mundhe, it is Pune Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar’s turn to engage in a tussle with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Since the BJP came to power in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), its members in the civic body have been complaining about non-cooperation by the civic administration, and now they are claiming that Kumar is also doing the same and is interested only in pushing the proposals important to him.
BJP MLA from Shivajinagar, Vijay Kale, on Wednesday said he would inform Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis about Kumar not listening to the elected representatives. “I will complain about Kumar not obeying the elected members to the CM during the Assembly session,” Kale said.
After Kale was informed that Kumar had threatened Standing Committee Chairman Murlidhar Mohol, that if the Standing Committee rejects the former’s proposal, then he would get it approved by the chief minister, the MLA said he will have to speak to Fadnavis and inform him about Kumar and what is going on in the PMC.
About the issues related to Pune to be raised in the monsoon session, Kale said he will try to raise the issue of vacant post of chief medical officer in PMC, opening of a skill development university in Pune and offering the Pune Smart City Development Corporation a status of government body, so it can enjoy tax rebate.
When asked why local issues have to be raised in the Assembly’s monsoon session, when the BJP is in power in Parliament and the PMC, Kale said the civic administration is not listening to elected members, so to push the pending work in the PMC, some decisions will be taken only by the State government.