Deputy chief minister and guardian minister for Pune district Ajit Pawar on Sunday took the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) administration to task on the issue of not completing the development works proposed by NCP corporators. Pawar warned the party office bearers and PMC officials of stringent action for not completing the development projects, especially in view of the ensuing assembly elections.
Baramati Lok Sabha MP and Pawar's cousin sister Supriya Sule had expressed displeasure over the pending projects in parts her constituency which fall in PMC limits. NCP city unit president Vandana Chavan had to launch an agitation protesting against administration for garbage clearance and NCP workers had protested by throwing the garbage outside the commissioner's bungalow. Pawar held a meeting of the NCP office bearers, corporators and PMC officials at the mayor's bungalow on Sunday afternoon and took the PMC officials to task. He also pulled up NCP office bearers for not stretching it too far, informed sources within the party. Mayor Chanchala Kodre, city unit president and Rajya Sabha MP Vandana Chavan, party office bearers, Corporators and PMC oficials were present for the meeting.
Pawar instructed the office bearers and PMC officials to amicably sort out issues soon in view of the upcoming assembly elections. He instructed the administration to complete the projects related to roads, garbage and other issues which hamper day to day life of the common people. He said that all the development works, especially of those related to roads, garbage and flyovers need to be expedited and get done with by August-end since the code of conduct for the elections is likely to come in to force by then.
2 executive presidents likely
NCP is likely to appoint two executive presidents in the city unit to help city unit president Vandana Chavan in view of the ensuing assembly elections. Party sources informed that names of former corporator Shrikant Patil and Sunil Bankar have been suggested by rival camps and it is likely that they would be vested with the responsibility of four assembly segments in the city. Chavan had indicated to the party that she needed one or two helping hands to carry out party responsibilities in view of the complains about her style of functioning from a few leaders within the unit. Pawar is believed to have shown his green signal for the appointment of these two executive presidents and formal announcement about it would be made soon, informed party sources.
Pawar made it clear that the decision on Local Body Tax (LBT) was pending with Chief Minister and if at all surcharge on Value Added Tax is to be considered, his finance department comes in to picture. He said that soon after the code of conduct for the graduates constituency election comes to an end in next two-three days, a meeting would be held in Mumbai by this Wednesday to sort out this issue. He said that the Government would also hold meetings to resolve issues like toll booths and unauthorized constructions.