Pune: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the opposition party in Pune corporation, conducted a long march to protest against the one-year rule of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Thursday.
The march started at Lal Mahal and ended at the front gate of the corporation main building. Hundreds of people along with NCP corporators participated in the morcha. NCP party workers wore black dresses to condemn BJP’s one-year rule in the corporation. Some of the party workers came dressed up as Balgandharv to protest against BJP’s decision to renovate Balgandharva Rangmandir. For safety reasons, both the gates of the corporation were closed for an hour, and vehicles were barred from entering the premises. The opposition party workers shouted slogans against BJP.
NCP said that March 15 should be marked as a black day in the history of Pune corporation, as BJP has failed to deliver on the promises it made during the run up to the election. Chetan Tupe, Opposition leader of NCP, said, “BJP has done nothing in one year of its tenure. It is a corruption year of BJP. We are against the demolition of Balgandharva Rangmandir. BJP has awarded several contracts for development work to friends and family members of their corporators.”
Deepak Mankar, NCP corproator, said, “BJP misguided us on the issue of Shiv Shrusti. They also closed down different welfare schemes for lower income groups.”
Interestingly, Congress did not take part in the agitation. When asked, Congress party leader Arvind Shinde claimed that they were present for just a few minutes.