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Mumbai: Shiv Sena MLA makes contractor sit on waterlogged street, dumps garbage on him

MLA Dilip Lande said he resorted to such action because the contractor did not do his job, causing trouble to the local people.

Written by Laxman Singh | Mumbai |
Updated: June 13, 2021 7:42:53 pm
Shiv Sena MLA Dilip Lande and his supporters made a corporator in Mumbai sit on a waterlogged street and dumped garbage on him. (Express Photo)

Chandivali Shiv Sena MLA Dilip Lande went viral Saturday when a video of him forcing a corporator to sit on a waterlogged street and asking his supporters to dump garbage on him surfaced on social media.

The incident took place after areas like Sanjay Nagar and Sunder Baug in Kurla were flooded following heavy rainfall. In the video, Lande and his supporters can be seen forcing a contractor to sit on a waterlogged street and asking workers to dump garbage on him.

“Sit down in the water. Put the garbage on him. Why did your boss not come? Sit there (in dirty water and garbage) and call your boss. I have been calling your boss for the past one hour and he did not turn up. There has been waterlogging here for the past eight days. Do the cleaning work now. Sit here until your boss comes,” Lande, along with his supporters, is seen saying in the video.

When asked as to why he resorted to such action, Lande said in the video, “I had been receiving numerous complaints from the local people. Those responsible for cleaning the garbage did not do their work for which people of my area had to walk through waterlogged streets. Now, I am making the contractor responsible sit in the same water.”

The Indian Express tried to reach Lande but his office said that he was away.

Meanwhile, BJP leaders slammed Lande for his action and raised questions on the funds spent on nullah desilting as a Shiv Sena MLA has accepted that the cleaning work had not been done properly.

“The BMC and Mumbai mayor have claimed that all drains have been cleaned across the city. Now that their lies are coming out in the open, they are harassing small contractors. Can he take such action against the mayor and commissioner?” Vinod Mishra, a BJP corporator, asked.

Another BJP leader, Kirit Somaiya, while calling it “gundagardi”, tweeted: “Mumbai Mayor says 103% garbage removed by BMC & Shivsena MLA Dilip Lande assaulting Contractor for not removing Garbage. Actual Gundagardi is for Commision from Contractor. BMC meeans Nexus of Mafia Contractors & Gundagiri of Shivsena. Is this acceptable to Congress Rahul Gandhi?”

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