PIMPRI: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and former deputy chief Minister Ajit Pawar, on Thursday, said that Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) is in the wrong hands.
Due to narrow visioned leadership, development of Pimpri-Chinchwad is adversely affected and there is no one in the ruling party to take decisions in the interest of city, Pawar added
Pawar was speaking at the NCP meeting in Pimpri-Chinchwad on Thursday.
“There are multiple power centres due to which no prompt decisions are being taken by the ruling party. I would have been happier if the city had chosen more efficient people to replace us. But I am worried about the city after seeing what is happening,” said Pawar.
This was the first public function of Pawar after his party’s devastating defeat by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the civic polls conducted in February this year. Pawar avoided attending public functions in the city after the defeat in the last five months.
Pawar in his speech gave an explanation for not coming to the city after the election. When NCP was in power in PCMC, Pawar used to visit the city usually every week and take reviews of development works in the city.
“I have worked relentlessly for the development of the city. In 20 years, NCP has succeeded in transforming the city. Despite that, people have rejected us. I failed to understand what more people need besides development.”
Pawar said, “The MLAs from the city do not have any influence in decisions of State cabinet, therefore, issues pertaining to the city are being neglected in the government’s decisions. Entire western Maharashtra is being neglected by the BJP led government in the State.”
NCP State unit chief Sunil Tatkare, NCP’s State unit women’s wing chief Chitra Wagh, former MLA Vilas Lande, Leader of Opposition in Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation Yogesh Behl, former mayor Mangala Kadam, Shakuntala Dharade and other leaders were present for the meeting.
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I have not purposely avoided visiting Pimpri Chinchwad. It is true that I am disappointed with the party’s performance in civic polls. But I have not visited the city, as I was busy in Sangharsh Yatra across Maharashtra and the budget session of State legislature.
NCP is going to oppose State government’s plans to demolish unauthorised construction for Ring Road. We are always opposed to demolishing homes of people for development projects. If possible, the government should consider changing demarcation of the Ring Road.
Why is government insisting on Ring Road? I suspect some people in ruling party are having vested interests in it as their lands must be alongside the Ring Road. Therefore, they are insisting on it. But is this Ring Road necessary?