Three sitting BJP councillors of BJP-ruled Vejalpore Nagarpalika of Navsari district quit their councillorship citing “injustice”. The trio – Manish Thakor and Kamini Patel representing ward no. 11, and Jignesh Naik representing ward no. 10 – handed over their resignation letters to Ramesh Vashil, Chief officer of Vejalpore Nagarpalika and president Hemaben Bhandari.
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The Vejalpore Nagarpalika consists of 12 wards with 36 councillors. With the resignation of three councillors, the BJP strength has come down to 31 in the nagarpalika. According to some reliable sources, a few more councillors will also resign in coming days. However, the next election of Vejalpore Nagarpalika is scheduled in 2017.
Talking to The Sunday Express, Manish Thakur said, “Velajpore Nagarpalika is run by standing committee chairman Vimlesh Sharma and Navsari city BJP president Mukesh Kangude like their fiefdom. All our representations to carry out infrastructures like roads and sanitation in our wards were not considered. Instead, other unnecessary works are being done, forcing us not to face those who elected us. We have failed to deliver on our promises to work for their welfare. The grants worth crores of rupees have been left unused. So we have decided to resign from the posts of councillors and not from the party.”
Jignesh Naik, a strongman of BJP, said, “We have been elected by the people. All our demands to carry out developmental works in our wards had not been looked into by the nagarpalika president. There are some vested interests in the nagarpalika. Fed up with this, a few more councillors who are unhappy with the present administration might take such a drastic step in coming days.”
Vejalpore Nagarpalika president Hema Bhandari said, “Three of our councillors have tendered their resignation letters owing to indifference among the leaders. We will discuss their issues with senior party leaders in the district and take action accordingly.”