Election code imposed as parties rush to announce slew of sops

Anticipating the announcement of civic elections early this week,political parties in power in the state and city civic bodies made a slew of announcements and did inaugurations,rushing to beat the deadline before the model code of conduct comes into force.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:January 4, 2012 1:30 am

Anticipating the announcement of civic elections early this week,political parties in power in the state and city civic bodies made a slew of announcements and did inaugurations,rushing to beat the deadline before the model code of conduct comes into force.

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Monday announced two decisions relating to slum regularisation and new hospitals in the state apart from holding an urgent Cabinet on Monday,which is usually held on Wednesday.

On Tuesday,hours before the elections were announced,the state government approved DCR changes for Mumbai and the long-pending Dharavi Redevelopment Project (DRP) to push housing projects.

Opposition parties criticised the government for the hurry in which decisions have been taken. At the same time,BMC — which was to get its sports gallery in Andheri inaugurated by Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray — preponed the event to the morning so that the code of conduct would not come in the way.

“As soon as the Cabinet was announced on Monday,we realised that elections would be announced today. The decisions announced by the government are not in the favour of the people,but with eyes on votes,” said Vinod Tawde,BJP leader of Opposition in legislative council.

Tawde said they had to reschedule the inauguration after getting a whiff of elections announcement on Monday. He said the other reason was that cricketer Sunil Gavaskar wouldn’t have been able to attend the event in the evening.

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