Women corporators of the ruling NCP in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) took on their male counterparts on Wednesday accusing them of secondary treatment, even as they staged a protest in the mayor’s office in the morning and then again in the general body meeting (GBM) in the afternoon, before agitating once again in the civic headquarters.
On Tuesday, the standing committee had diverted budgetary allocation of Rs 64 crore in the electoral panel of former standing committee chairperson Ashwini Kadam. However, the same proposals were approved in the GBM chaired by mayor Prashant Jagtap on the same day citing emergency criteria.
Upset over diversion of funds in her electoral panel, Kadam led NCP women corporators in gheraoing the mayor in his office in the morning. The agitation forced city party unit chief Vandana Chavan intervene.
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As the GBM began in the afternoon, Kadam, along with NCP women corporators, staged a protest in the well of the House once again. The agitators condemned the mayor as well as the leader of the House for ‘secondary treatment’ being meted out to women corporators of the party.
The agitators raised slogans against the mayor, leader of the House and their male counterparts for diverting the funds meant for development work in the electoral panel of Kadam. Sitting on the floor of the House, Kadam lit a small fire and pledged that she would not mistreat those who ‘played politics’ with her.
“I failed to understand why the backstabbing was done. I condemned the mayor and leader of the House for the disrespect shown to their party corporator,” Kadam said.
Former mayor Chanchala Kodre said the treatment meted out to Kadam is very insulting and all women corporators extended support to her. The agitators later staged a walkout from the meeting and held a protest in the premises of the PMC main building. Leaders of other political parties, however, refused to be dragged into the issue saying it is the internal matter of NCP.