In a major setback to the Shiv Sena, Navi Mumbai municipal chief Tukaram Mundhe has disqualified the party’s two corporators over their alleged involvement in illegal constructions. However, the Sena has decided to move the High Court against the decision saying that Mundhe does not have the powers for disqualification.
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Officials from the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) said that the action came after receiving several complaints against Shivram Patil and his wife Anita Patil. Shivram is the chairman of the all-powerful standing committee which takes decisions on financial matters.
“An inquiry was initiated and few hearings were held. They have carried out illegal construction at a place, while a residential building was being used for commercial purposes without permission. Following the procedure, the two corporators have been disqualified as per the law,” said a senior official.
However, Shiv Sena has termed the decision illegal and would challenge it in the Bombay High Court.
“The civic chief is exercising the powers of the High court. He does not have the powers to disqualify us, which we had told him during the hearing. It seems he is deliberately targeting the Sena after we supported a no-confidence motion,” said Shivram.
He further said that the alleged illegal construction does not belong to him. “These structures are on my son’s name. So, how can he take action against us for it. Soon, the disqualification would be canceled,” he added.
In July, three NCP corporators — Navin Gavate, Aparna Gavate and Deepa Rajesh Gavate — were disqualified on the same charges by Mundhe. But, following a stay order by the High Court, they are now attending the corporation proceedings regularly.
Last month, a no-confidence motion was passed by the corporators of NMMC against Mundhe. The motion, which was supported by Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Congress and Shiv Sena, was passed with 104 corporators voting in favour, while six corporators from the BJP opposing it. However, earlier this month, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis suspended the motion.