Opposition party legislators elected from the city have expressed anguish over an apparent inequality in allocation of funds for constituencies, saying the ruling party representatives have been favoured.
Based on information received in reply to an RTI query, Shiv Sena MLA Ravindra Waikar said on Thursday that Congress party and Nationalist Congress Party legislators had been allocated Rs149 crore to spend in their constituencies, whereas legislators of the BJP and the Shiv Sena got just Rs40.60 crore.
On an average, this works out to Rs6 crore for each legislator from the parties in the ruling alliance and just Rs2 crore for Opposition party MLAs.
Some Opposition MLAs attending the meeting of the District Planning Development Council on Thursday raised slogans criticising the CM over what they described as “step-motherly treatment”.
“It is unfair on the CM’s part to allow such imbalance,” said a BJP legislator. “As the chief minister, he cannot favour his partymen. But he probably had next year’s elections in mind when making the allocation.”
Waikar said he was considering filing a PIL on the matter. “Even we have to answer to our voters.
We have several projects that are necessary for citizens. Why should Congress MLAs get priority,” he said.
Naseem Khan, guardian minister for suburban Mumbai said the issue was not relevant to the meeting agenda and the ruckus by the MLAs was unnecessary.