BJP demands apology from Aaditya Thackeray for delay in completion of drainage works in Mumbai

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BJP MLA Ashish Shelar on Thursday alleged that only 35 per cent of pending drainage works have been completed in Mumbai even as the city braces for an early monsoon season. He demanded an apology from Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray for the delay.

“Despite being in power for 25 long years, if they [Shiv Sena] cannot guarantee security, Aaditya Thackeray must apologise to Mumbaikars,” Shelar said.

On Thursday, BJP corporators led by MLA Ashish Shelar inspected nullah cleaning work at Valnai in Malad, SNDT in Juhu, and Milind Nagar in Kurla.

The drive was attended by BJP municipal corporation group leader Prabhakar Shinde, party leader Vinod Mishra, spokesperson Bhalchandra Shirsat, and BJP corporators from Shelar’s constituency.

The BJP leaders said that the situation in all three locations was dire as silt was still piled up in the nullah. They then met with Mayor Iqbal Singh Chahal and presented him with a photographic report on Mumbai’s nullahs.

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Following this, Ashish Shelar convened a meeting at the BJP party office at the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) headquarters to discuss the overall cleanliness drive.

He alleged that the BMC administration deliberately did not do things that could have been avoided, completed, or planned. “What could be the cause of this dithering?” he asked.

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The BJP leader alleged that Aaditya Thackeray rushed to visit the BMC commissioner, when the minister got to know that the BJP delegation were about to meet the civic body officials.

“BMC authorities are absconding, leaving Mumbaikars to fend for themselves and barely 35 per cent of the nullah cleanliness work is completed. In this forthcoming monsoon, neither the Mumbaikars nor their property is safe. The ruling Shiv Sena is responsible for this mess,” he said.

“The chief minister had convened a meeting almost a month ago. What was decided in that meeting? Why wasn’t it planned properly? Now with the monsoon round the corner, the government is in haste. Neither CM Uddhav Thackeray nor Aaditya Thackeray care about the safety of Mumbai,” he added.

He also warned that any untoward incident in Mumbai would be the result of the administration’s and the ruling Shiv Sena’s lax attitude.

“Who owns Mumbai? To whom does Mumbai belong? You only make these tall claims in your speeches, but when it comes to working for them, why don’t you take to the streets for Mumbaikars? Will Aaditya Thackeray leave his prestigious meetings and parties in the five-star hotels and take to the streets at least some time to inspect the current situation?” questioned Ashish Shelar.

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