Mumbai mayor Snehal Ambekar suspended six Congress corporators for a day for creating a ruckus during the general body meeting of the municipal corporation on Monday.
The opposition, alleging uneven distribution of funds by the administration in budget amendments worth Rs 500 crore passed by the Standing Committee earlier in February, entered the well of the house and tore up copies of budget speech.
The six Congress corporators include Anita Yadav, Ajanta Yadav, Parul Mehta, Waqarunissa Ansari, Sheetal Mhatre and Naina Seth.
Sheetal Mhatre, Congress corporator and Standing Committee member, said, “Even last year we had protested against this uneven distribution. The ruling party cannot allot funds as per their whims and fancies. They should provide a block estimate for the allocation ward-wise.” The suspended corporators were barred from attending the proceedings of the house for a day.
According to the opposition, corporators from the ruling alliance Sena-BJP got a major chunk of the amendment. Earlier in February, the standing committee had cleared budgetary amendments of Rs 500 crore, of which Rs 100 crore was to be utilised for BEST. Devendra Amberkar, opposition leader, said, “They have allotted a crore each to the 227 corporators but if we go as per area-wise allocation of funds, corporators from Sena have got Rs 120 crore in total while BJP has got Rs 32 crore. Who decides this allocation? Areas that do not have slums have got budgetary allocations for slum redevelopment. This is ridiculous. We need to asses these allocations otherwise we will keep burdening Mumbaikars.” He claimed that Congress corporators’ areas got a share of Rs 7 crore followed by MNS and NCP with Rs 5 crore each.
The opposition also demanded that the funds be re-aligned and distributed equally across areas and parties. Vinod Shelar, BJP corporator and education committee chairman said, “If they want to raise points in the house, they should be ready for a debate, they cannot create a ruckus .”