There was complete chaos during the general body meeting of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) as Shiv Sena corporator Sachin Bhagat on Thursday took to an ‘innovative way’ to register protest against water shortage. He held a vessel filled with water and burning camphor in it on his head to grab the attention of members. More attention was grabbed by the fact though that the move could have well translated into a threat to everyone’s life given that the entire hall has wooden furniture.
Bhagat’s dress was printed with slogans seeking sufficient water supply for Nagar road, Kharadi area. He carried a water vessel on his head as soon as the meeting began and after coming to the well, he put camphor in it and lit it up.
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The PMC security personnel took him outside the meeting hall, while other Sena corporators tried to stop them. Later, Bhagat said he had been asking the civic administration to resolve the water woes of the residents of the area but nothing was being done. “Citizens are calling us throughout the day for want of water. There is insufficient supply of water. The demands of residents should be met by the civic body or I will stage a protest again,” he said.
“A lot of construction activities are going on in the area and if the PMC is unable to supply water to the residents now then it should stop all the ongoing constructions in the area as it will further create water shortage,” Bhagat said.
Mayor Dattatraya Dhankawade said everyone had the right to protest but such antics should not be tried in the general body meeting. “The leaders of all political parties should ensure that such protests should not be allowed by corporators of any political party. I have also directed the municipal commissioner to take action against the security officer for negligence in duty to avoid such protests.”
Congress leader Arvind Shinde said there are a lot of innovative ways to protest but this kind of agitation with fire and water is foolishness.
Meanwhile, the MNS corportors also protested against the civic administration failing to repair city roads with monsoon likely to arrive soon. They demanded action against civic staff for not working efficiently.