Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar Wednesday flagged off his party’s poll campaign for the Mumbai municipality election.
At a party rally in the city, the former deputy chief minister launched a scathing attack against the ruling Shiv Sena-BJP government and indicated that his party’s election pitch would focus on ‘corruption’ in the municipality and the ‘maladministration’ of the ruling regime.
“One had never heard of attacks against cops when RR Patil (former NCP MLA) was the Home Minister, but such things are happening now as the BJP is sheltering goons,” Pawar said, in a veiled dig at Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who also holds the Home portfolio. The CM is the face of BJP’s campaign for the Mumbai polls.
Pawar invoked the ‘corruption’ card to lash out at the Shiv Sena, which controls the municipality. “Nobody can raise corruption allegations in the functioning of the municipalities where the NCP is in power. But in Mumbai, there is a constant stench of corruption. Corruption is the reason for the repeated pocket fires at Deonar dumping ground. The middle class is disenchanted with the municipality. There are potholes everywhere, traffic is worrisome,” he said.
He also harped on the uneasy ties between the Shiv Sena and the BJP. “The Shiv Sena leaders label the BJP as the Nizam’s government, but continue to share power with them.”