PUNE Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar, who called NCP chief Vandana Chavan as an ‘arrogant politician’, is set face flak after the Rajya Sabha MP has decided to approach Prime Minister Narendra Modi and also Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis with a complaint against the civic regarding the violation of code of conduct meant for IAS officers.
“On Monday, I am going to send a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding how an IAS officer who is supposed to strictly follow the code of conduct set for IAS officers is blatantly violating it,” said Chavan. Chavan said she also written to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Chavan said she was not demanding any action like transfer against Kumar but expect the government to take appropriate action. “I leave it to the Centre and also to the state government to decide what action should taken where there is blatant violation of IAS code of conduct,” she said. Chavan said in a day or two she would be revealing “further unbecoming behaviour” of the officer.
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The issue came to the fore after the PMC chief in a letter to Chavan had said..”You are the only politician who has been so arrogant to engage constructively.” This was after Chavan had expressed her displeasure over the tourism project being handled by the civic administration. “It is unfortunate how the tourism projects are being handled. I feel embarrassed to make any more requests,” Chavan had said.
Chavan said though she was an MP and not a corporator, she was taking up civic issues as she felt she duty-bound to do so. Chavan asked,”What am I demanding? I am demanding that garbage be cleared..I am demanding that public toilets be cleaned …Is anything wrong in taking up the public issues ?…If for taking up such issues, if I am being called arrogant, then I will say the person who is calling me so is himself arrogant…PMC chief is arrogant, I am not…,” Chavan said.
When contacted, Kumar said he would be releasing a statement in the evening. However, in the evening he said he would not be commenting today. Despite repeated calls, he refused to respond.