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BJP and Sena put out similar suggestions for state-wide utilisation of BMC funds

by Web Desk | Published: 02-05-2021

BMC Election 2022

Mumbai: Shiv Sena MP Rahul Shewale on behalf of Mumbai South Central wrote a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, The state government has directed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to use its fixed deposit of Rs 79,000 crore to finance Maharashtra's mass genocide anti - corona vaccination drive. 

 

This proposal generated a lot of money in Shiv Sena circles.  The BJP had given similar instructions before the BMC funds were utilized state-wide, while the Sena has always been against it, saying that the money belongs to Mumbaikars and should not be used outside the city.  No one knows this better than Chevrolet, who cut his teeth at the corporation. 

 

Moreover, the government has not made it clear that there is a financial problem in funding free immunisations.  In a three-party alliance, who should announce that the government will provide free genetic vaccination?  When NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik first made the announcement, the question was clearly playing on the minds of the three elements of Maha Vikas Aghadi, and then Aditya Thackeray of the Shiv Sena tweeted the decision and abruptly deleted it minutes later.  Both came out well before the CM’s office issued a statement. 

 

Congress' Balasaheb Torath has decided to highlight the unavailability of medicines in government hospitals, Covid care centers and testing kits in Ahmednagar.  He did not escape the notice that he had written a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and not to NCP Health Minister Rajesh Top.  Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Vijay Vadetivar's decision to skip important cabinet decisions within 24 hours was not right with senior ministers in the same cabinet.  When Vadetivar announced the second lockdown before the cabinet meeting, Balasaheb left Thorat with a red face.  The NCP seized the moment to tell the Congress - “This is not just our Malik.  This time your vadetivar is making headlines.  

This problem will inevitably be repeated in a government that has decided not to appoint an official spokesperson.  Two weeks ago, a crack team of more than 20 crime branch officers formed late at night for a ‘sensitive assignment’.  Sources said the group was to raid the house and warehouse of an influential leader of the opposition in connection with the collection of drugs used in Covid's treatment.  However, as soon as the team was formed, they were asked to disassemble and end the mission without an explanation from the political leadership. Social Justice Minister Dhananjay Munde has postponed his political and relationship with his cousin Pankaja Munde.  Pankaja had attacked him a few days ago for failing to increase health infrastructure and make medicines available in their home district of Beed.