With just about 5 months left for the BMC Elections 2017, the civic body ruling allies, the Shiv Sena and the BJP had a face-off over the pothole menace, with the BJP alongwith the opposition parties, walking out of the standing committee meeting, stating that the Sena was supporting the administration despite its failures to tackle the pothole menace and provide good roads to the city.
A heated discussion had erupted on the death of a 21-year-old Nagpada resident owing to a pothole. Shiv Sena leader Trushna Vishwasrao mentioned that due to unprecedented rainfall in the city over the last few days, there has been a rise in number of craters across the city. She received a lot of flak from all parties for this statement.
However, Vishwasrao later said that Sena has been continuously following up with the civic body over fixing the craters. “Even today, I called officials to fix potholes at the Parel flyover. However, it seems like the civic chief was waiting for orders from the chief minister (CM) to fix the city roads,” Vishwasrao said, in a jibe over Fadnavis’ directives to all road agencies in the city to fill potholes on Tuesday.
BJP leaders immediately retorted saying CM Devendra Fadnavis had to intervene because BMC has failed in maintaining the city roads under Sena’s leadership. Fadnavis on Tuesday asked BMC to fix all city roads in the next 15 days.
Manoj Kotak, BJP leader, said, “If civic chief was waiting for orders from the CM then was Sena waiting for the death of a young boy to take action? Today, in the meeting, we had a chance to seek answers from the administration for Mumbai’s perennial problem but Sena is still supporting the administration.”
It is very clear that the differences between the allies have only become worse and it is inevitable that they will fight the upcoming BMC Polls 2017 separately. What is there in store for voters, only time will tell!