BJP and Sena continue to squabble despite coalition
Mayor Mukta Tilak said, “The party wanted to give the post of chairman of two committees sports and law committee). However, Shiv Sena did not respond to the offer. So, we have decided to keep all these posts with us.”
PUNE: Difference between the BJP and the Shiv Sena have not yet settled even after the polling for the Lok Sabha constituencies in Pune district are over.
The battle for ‘good appointments’ in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) continues even today as Shiv Sena has accused the BJP of not giving them adequate representation in PMC’s committees, and is miffed at having been made a part of insignificant committees.
After the BJP and Sena decided to fight the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls together, they also decided to share power in local self-government (Gram Panchayat, Municipal Council and Corporations). According to the parties’ agreement, the Sena had demanded chairman’s post of two committees (city improvement committee and women and child welfare committee), the post of Deputy Mayor and Prabhag Samiti (ward level committee).
In a recent development, the BJP offered sports committee and law committee’s chairmanship to Shiv Sena instead.
On Tuesday this week, the BJP filed nomination for four committees - city improvement, women and child welfare, law committee and sports committee. Election of these posts will be held on Saturday, May 4.
While speaking to media, Mayor Mukta Tilak said, “The party wanted to give the post of chairman of two committees sports and law committee). However, Shiv Sena did not respond to the offer. So, we have decided to keep all these posts with us.”
When Sena leader in the civic body Sanjay Bhosale was asked about the committee decision, he responded, “The Sena wanted city improvement and law committee. However, BJP was not ready to give these two committees. So, we refused.”
On the other hand, Bala Kadam, Jan Sampark Pramukh of Pune district said, “We deliberately denied BJP’s offer in the PMC. We discussed with BJP leadership regarding our demand to share power with us but we found that we are not getting important committees. So, we took the practical decision to tell BJP to increase ward level funds of our (Shiv Sena) 10 corporators.”