Pune: Following the series of embarrassing incidents wherein corporators had blamed their own party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is conducting classes for its corporators in order to explain them the functioning of civic bodies and the decorum that they should be maintaining. Party is currently organising a camp for corporators in batches outside the city.
The senior leaders of the party have claimed that it’s a routine exercise of the party, however, it has got importance after series of incidents of confrontation of opposition parties and Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) administration, the party has organised a meeting and conducted classes for corporators to improve their performance in the corporation.
Last weekend, party conducted camp of the first batch of corporators outside the city. There were series of incidents when BP corporators expressed their anger against the party. Senior BJP corporator Bapu Karne had announced in the recently-held General Body meeting that if the administration is not interested in solving issues faced by people, he would have to resign from his post.
On the same lines, party corporator Amol Balwadkar had expressed his helplessness and told the party that he will have to cast his vote against it.
The party had issued a show cause notice to Balwadkar over this issue.
In another instance, Shrinath Bhimale had openly sided with alleged BJP workers who assaulted an anti-encroachment inspector in his office.
Congress party leader Arvind Shinde had quickly capitalised this issue.
Bhimale and Shinde had traded serious allegations against each other and had even filed police complaints against each other.
Yogesh Gogawale, city unit president of BJP, said, “We have decided to conduct a camp for corporators to guide them how to improve their performance in the corporation and pursue development issues with the administration. We conducted classes for one batch in last week. We are also telling them about how to reach people and tell them about party’s achievements. As the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections are approaching we tell them how to make preparation for elections. It is an ongoing routine programme.”
He further said, “Earlier, we had conducted similar workshop but we couldn’t give personal attention to each corporator. So, this time we have decided to divide corporators into batches and guide them.
One of the corporators said, “Experts gave us information about civic body’s day-to-day working, how to handle issues and keep decorum of party and maintain discipline.”