Saffron alliance on an inauguration spree
Ahead of the elections to the 95-member, Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC), scheduled in August this year, the twin city will witness a surge in inaugurations planned by the local BJP and Shiv Sena leaderships who are leaving no stone unturned to complete projects or inaugurate long-pending ones before the imposition of the model code of conduct. Ribbon-cuttings, foundation stones, coconut breaking ceremonies and photo-ops will keep the ruling governance and municipal corporators from the saffron alliance busy in the coming days.
Starting off with a grand ceremony on April 30, for availing new water connections from the newly commissioned 75 MLD water supply project, other inaugurations that have been lined up for the month of May include Jesal Park Subway to connect east and west side of Bhayandar, Sports Complex, MBMC School Building in Morwa village, handing of keys of BSUP flats to 240 beneficiaries and the ground breaking ceremony of the 218 MLD Surya Water Supply Project.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Member of Parliament Rajan Vichare, Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan, Education Minister Vinod Tawde and Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde have been listed as dignitaries for the inaugural events. Fighting against a two decade long anti-incumbency, the municipal elections will be first full-fledged test for the BJP after its impressive performance in the 2007 elections. BJP which shares an increasingly frosty relationship with the Shiv Sena now smells an opportunity on the virtue of highly popular governments both at the Central and State levels, propelling the party on an upward curve.
Saffron Tantrums Stings MBMC!
Stung by the tantrums thrown up by BJP and Sena leaders, MBMC officials in an attempt to stem the battle of supremacy has decided to adhere to government guidelines in context to protocol for the ceremonies. Accusing each other of breaching protocol, bickering continues between the alliance partners ahead of civic polls. “We don’t want to take any chances. All invitations and printing material are now sent to the state administrative wing for approval and to ensure decorum,” said an officer.