Mumbai: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena are once again odds within the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). This time, the head of the BJP leader at BMC, Vinod Mishra, accused the chairman of the Civic Standing Committee and Sena's, main leader Yashwant Jadhav, of verbal abuse. Last week, Mishra wrote to the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, Maharashtra, City Chief and Additional City Commissioner, alleging embezzlement against 209 in Ward E, which is Jadhav constituency. Jadhav had floated tenders worth 5 crore rupees for the purchase of 30 food trucks in his neighbourhood, Mishra questioned the legality of the bidding process, saying that the constituency office municipal council did not have the disposition to launch float exceeding Rs 5 lakh.
Following the incident, Jadhav called for a press conference and in return made pressing corruption allegations about Mishra.“The standing committee had allocated Rs 173 crore to the BJP, you have to ask them where these funds were used,” Jadhav said. On Monday, Mishra shared screenshots of a WhatsApp conversation between him and Jadhav where the latter verbally abused the former. Mishra said he wrote to Jadhav's office asking for concrete evidence of the allegations made by him. "By verbally insulting a political leader, Jadhav defamed not only his stature, but also his party and the body of society," Mishra told the FPJ on Monday. In one of the chat messages shared by Mishra, Jadhav is said to have threatened both suicide and murder. Mishra said he had filed an FIR against Jadhav and would soon be transferred to the Bombay High Court. "My allegations will be proven correct once the police confiscate the phone and send it to forensics," Mishra added. Meanwhile, calling for a press conference, Jadhav refuted the claims on Monday, saying it was a “publicity stunt” by the BJP.
"When he sent a letter, then what's the use of sending me a message, the screenshots presented by Vinod Mishra are fake, and not on a single page he could show my phone number" , Jadhav told FPJ. He mentioned that the funds allocated by his riding are done keeping in mind all the protocols of the civic organization. Jadhav also added that the latest tender was approved by the deputy municipal district commissioner, who has the supply of tenders between Rs 5 crore and Rs 10 crore.
"The BJP raises issues to defame the mayor and the ruling party, the funds are allocated with the approval of the standing committee and are only used for the welfare of the people," Jadhav said.