CM Devendra Fadnavis suspends no-confidence motion against NMMC chief Tukaram Mundhe

The ruling Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the Shiv Sena and the Congress had backed the motion, while Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) corporators had voted against it.

Written by Sandeep Ashar | Mumbai | Published:October 30, 2016 3:28 am
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Holding that it was against the larger public interest, the Chief Minister has suspended the execution of the no-confidence motion passed by the city’s corporators against Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation’s (NMMC) commissioner Tukaram Mundhe on October 25.

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The reason: The government if of the opinion that “the motion was against the larger public interest and would work against the financial interest of the civic body”.

Breaking his silence over the row between Mundhe and the corporators, Fadnavis said, “Targeting 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 “the humiliation he meted out to the Mayor and other corporators” as the main reasons for the admission of the motion.

The ruling Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the Shiv Sena and the Congress had backed the motion, while Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) corporators had voted against it.

Sources close to the Chief Minister said a section in the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation (MMC) Act — Section 451 — gives the state government powers to suspend or prohibit the execution of a resolution passed by the municipality if it believes 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.

On October 26, Mundhe, who was not permitted to present his side during the general body meeting, had submitted a report to the government where he reportedly gave details on the going-ons in the municipality after he took over six months ago.

After examining the contents of the submission, the Chief Minister-led Urban Development department sought a report from the NMMC 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’s order within a month, following which the state can take a final call on confirming or modifying its order.