After the Sena accused the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation and smart city projects of corruption, the BJP retorted that there was complete transparency and that they were not afraid of a government probe.
The political temperature in Pimpri-Chinchwad has begun to rise ahead of the civic elections scheduled for February, with the Shiv Sena and the BJP locked in a verbal duel. After the Sena accused the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation and smart city projects of corruption, the BJP retorted that there was complete transparency and that they were not afraid of being investigated by any government agency.
“Nearly five years ago, the BJP came to power in Pimpri-Chinchwad promising a corruption-free and fearless city. However, BJP has committed 100 per cent corruption during its rule. Two of its MLAs have virtually looted the PCMC. This has earned PCMC the sobriquet of the most corrupt municipal corporation of Maharashtra,” Shiv Sena chief chief spokesperson Sanjay Raut said.
He was speaking after a Friday meeting in Akurdi with party leaders, workers, and office-bearers. Last week, the Sena’s Pimpri-Chinchwad unit exposed a Rs 110 crore scam in Pimpri-smart Chinchwad’s city projects, according to Raut.
“We are demanding a probe by the Enforcement Directorate in the smart city projects as well as corruption in PCMC. The state government has also taken note of the happenings in Pimpri-Chinchwad and we are expecting strong action in this regard,” Raut said.
Raut claimed that the BJP and its leaders were syphoning off public funds. “All prominent leaders, including MLAs, are involved in claiming civic contracts. Top BJP leaders in Mumbai should speak out about what is going on in their own city. They talk about other things but won’t look inward,” he said.
Sena leaders Sulbha Ubale and others, according to Raut, have exposed corruption in smart city projects, which is a serious matter. “Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray does not tolerate corruption in government functioning, he will initiate appropriate action,” he said.
BJP Pimpri-Chinchwad president Mahesh Landge on Saturday said, “BJP has nothing to hide. There is complete transparency PCMC functioning as well as smart city projects. The Sena should remember that members of all political parties are involved in the smart city project. Therefore, the Sena should first ask its own members whether any wrong doing has happened in the projects,”.
Landge also said, “BJP is ready to face any probe. Be it by ED or any government agency, we are not afraid of any investigation.”
“Shiv Sena is in alliance with Congress and NCP in the state. In the civic elections too, we will take a decision at the right time regarding the formation of an alliance. If we get the seats that we demand, then there is a possibility of forming an alliance. Anyway, we will certainly hold a dialogue with NCP and Congress for the civic elections,” he said.
Landge responded by saying that the BJP was confident of winning the next elections as well. “Everyone knows where the Shiv Sena stands; we don’t want to comment on it… However, we have worked hard for Pimpri-development. Chinchwad’s He stated, “We are confident that the people will re-elect us.”