A day after its sitting corporator reportedly joined the BJP, the ruling NCP in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has warned Dinesh Dhavade of disqualification from the civic body and urged him to make a press statement, clarifying he was still with the NCP. The party has alleged that “dirty politics” was being played out ahead of the civic polls.
Mayor Prashant Jagtap said that he had a meeting with Dhavade and sought clarification on his meeting with Chief Minister Devendra Fadanavis and the rumour of him joining the BJP.
“He informed me that it was a courtesy visit to the chief minister of the state,” Jagtap said, adding that Dhavade would make a statement to the media and clarify.
NCP leader in PMC Shankar Kemse said that Dhavade was elected on NCP ticket in 2012 and so was asked to clarify that he was not joining the BJP. “We have asked Dhavade to give in writing that he was still with the NCP or we would recommend his disqualification as PMC corporator as per the anti-defection law,” Kemse said, adding he might be banned from contesting elections for the next six years in that case.
“The BJP leaders cheated the NCP corporator by asking him to talk to the chief minister on the pretext of a normal meeting on city issues. The BJP is playing dirty politics,” he said.
BJP leader in PMC Ganesh Bidkar who had taken the sitting NCP corporator and another MNS corporator to the chief minsiter said that Dhavade might be technically with the NCP but he would work for the BJP.
“Dhavade is a sitting corporator elected on NCP ticket and so he will be till the end of the term. Thereafter, he will officially join the BJP,” he added.
Meanwhile, the MNS too is planning to initiate action against corporator Rajendra Barate and seek his disqualification under the anti-defection law.