Sunday turned out to be a full-fledged working day for most senior leaders of major political parties as they reached out to voters on the penultimate day of campaigning for the maiden Panvel City Municipal Corporation (PCMC) polls.
CM Devendra Fadnavis attended two rallies in Kharghar and New Panvel and spoke about old promises kept and set deadlines for new development works for Panvel.
Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray was categorical about his family connect with the city and his intention to win as he blasted the opposition and BJP, the Sena state ally, at his Kamothe meeting in the evening.
NCP and Congress threw in some fire power too when ex-CM Prithviraj Chavan and and his deputy Ajit Pawar criticized BJP for “taxing” the exchequers while they addressed a rally at Old Panvel.
The first phase of the Navi Mumbai Metro, that covers a major chunk of PCMC area will be on track in May 2018, said the CM. He lauded local BJP MLA Prashant Thakur for pushing to convert Cidco leasehold land to freehold land in PCMC area.
“I will fulfil my promise given to Thakur in converting Cidco land from leasehold to freehold,” said Fadnavis at the Kharghar rally.
The state government has already channelized Rs 280 crore in six months for the developmental project being carried out in PCMC area, the chief minister said.
The state managed to finally kick-start the international airport project which was delayed by 15 years during the Congress-NCP regime, he said. “We delivered our promise to Navi Mumbaikars by waiving the toll at Kharghar on the renovated S-P highway,” said the CM. He also promised to resolve other pressing civic issues such as water, sewage and garbage plaguing the city.
The grand alliance of BSKP, Congress and NCP fielded Chavan and Pawar at a rally in Old Panvel. Both senior leaders slammed BJP’s stand to waive toll and scrap LBT, saying it will be at the cost of the exchequers. Sena chief spared nobody, including the BJP, as he recalled his grandfather, Prabodhankar Thackeray who lived near the Virupaksh temple in the heart of Panvel a century ago. “I have come to Panvel to win,” was his poll call for Panvelkars at Kamothe.