The Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party lodged at least two official complaints against the Shiv Sena on Thursday,with senior leaders including Mayor Shraddha Jadhav and standing committee chairman Rahul Shewale coming under attack.
Following an alleged meeting of senior leaders in the mayors official bungalow in Shivaji Park earlier this week,to discuss how to quell rebellions once candidates had begun filing nominations,the NCP approached the State Election Commission and said the use of the official mayoral bungalow for the political meeting was improper.
A delegation of NCP leaders met officials of the Election Commission and presented a memorandum on the issue, said Clyde Crasto,media manager and secretary,NCP Mumbai. The delegation said the use of the mayoral bungalow by the political party was in violation of the election code of conduct.
Meanwhile,in Ward 134 (Mankhurd) in M-East Ward,Congress workers and Shiv Sainiks had an angry face-off outside the office of the Returning Officer after Congress workers complained that the Sena nominee for Ward 134,Rahul Shewale,a senior corporator who is also the outgoing chairman of the Standing Committee,should not be permitted to contest due to alleged outstanding assessment tax dues to the BMC.
Another complaint was regarding a candidate who allegedly has three children,the third born after 2001,said the complainants,demanding that he too be debarred from contesting.
The complaint against Shewale,however,was rejected. I submitted the occupation certificate for my bungalow and also proof that all taxes had been paid, said Shewale.