Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis has backed Navi Mumbai municipal commissioner, Tukaram Mundhe in his ongoing feud with corporators of the municipality.
Top sources in the government said that the Chief Minister has decided to suspend the execution of the no-confidence motion passed by the municipality’s corporators against Mundhe on October 25.
The reason: The government holds an opinion that “the motion was against the larger public interest and would work against the financial interest of the civic body.”
Earlier breaking his silence over the row Thursday, Fadnavis had told newspersons that, “Targetting an officer for doing his duty, exposing irregularities, and preventing wrongdoings was absolutely wrong. If there are communication issues with an official, then he can be made aware of it in a different manner.”
While passing the no-confidence motion, the corporators had blamed “Mundhe’s autocratic behaviour and humiliation he meted out to the Mayor, other corporators” as the main reasons for the admission of the motion. The ruling NCP, the Shiv Sena, and the Congress had backed the motion, while the BJP corporators had voted against it.
Sources close to the CM said that a section in the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation (MMC) Act- section 451-gives the state government the powers to suspend or prohibit the execution of a resolution passed the municipality if it is of the opinion that it could lead to a law and order situation, or was against the larger public interest or could hurt the financial interest of the municipality.
Earlier on October 26, Mundhe, who was not permitted to represent his side during the general body, had submitted a report to the government where he reportedly gave out details on the going-ons in the municipality after he took over six months ago. After examining the contents of his submission, the CM-led Urban Development department sought a report from the NMMC’s municipal secretary seeking minutes and details of the resolution regarding the motion, which has been submitted too.
Formal government orders regarding the motion’s suspension are expected to be issued in a day or two, said top sources. But the Act permits the Corporation to represent against the state order’s within a month, following which the state government can take a final call on confirming or modifying it’s order.