Pune: The Maratha reservation issue was raised in the Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) General Body meeting by Shiv Sena corporators on Thursday. A ruckus ensued as they argued with the Opposition corporators before Mayor Mukta Tilak adjourned the eneral Body meeting.
The Pune Municipal Corporation had called the General Body on the Development Plan (DP) of the newly-merged Yewalewadi village.
However, Shiv Sena corporators gathered in the meeting hall and started shouting slogans against the State government.
As Mayor Mukta Tilak entered the hall, Sena corporators held out banners and started raising slogans. Later, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the Congress and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) corporators joined the agitation and criticised the BJP government.
Later, Mayor Mukta Tilak adjourned the General Body meeting but Sena corporators were not in a mood to give in. Their party leader Sanjay Bhosale approached the dais and threw a flower pot and broke the glass on the table.
After this incident in the Pune Municipal Corporation, Pune Mayor Mukta Tilak addressed a press conference and said, “The Shiv Sena just staged a stunt. They wanted to talk on the Maratha reservation issue. We were willing to let them speak, but they were not in a mood to listen. We are in favour of reservations for the Maratha community but the issue is sub judice. The State government is taking appropriate steps on the issue.”
“The Maratha reservation issue does not fall within the jurisdiction of the Pune Municipal Corporation. People have elected corporators to raise and solve problems related to the city. If such incident happens in the future, we will act against members,” Tilak warned.
On Wednesday, Shiv Sena corporators proposed to pay compensation to late Kakasaheb Shinde’s family, who jumped into Godavari river demanding reservations during a protest in Aurangabad on Tuesday.