mayor-attack-mpccCongress corporators met Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and MPCC Chief Manikrao Thakre over the Mayor-attack incident in NMMC General Body meeting. According to reports, the senior congress leaders of the state were not happy with the incident that tarnished the imade of the party in Navi Mumbai and that’s why the Congress corporators went to tell their side of the story. Here’s is more. A delegation of corporators and party workers of the Congress party in Navi Mumbai landed at the on going budget session of the state to meet Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and MPCC President Manicrao Thakre. The meeting was to explicate to the leaders what led to the unfortunate incident in, which Mayor Sagar Naik was hurt during the general body meeting this month. It may be recalled that in the meeting in question, the opposition corporators of the Congress and Shiv Sena set a wrong example of keeping their say. The drama started when the proposal for constituting a cleanliness committee for the city was brought for approval. The opposition corporators protested that the proposal was brought as an urgent proposal post lunch. However, getting all violent, Shiv Sena’s Opposition Leader Manoj Haldankar and Sr. Congress corporator Dashrath Bhagat started tearing agenda papers and throwing it in the house. They did not stop here and started pulling out the mikes from the benches and hurling it in the air and towards the Mayor. It was then that the unexpected and unfortunate happened and the mike that Dashrath Bhagat was hurling hit the Mayor Sagar Naik on his arm. The moment the ruling corporators saw that the first citizen of the city was hit during the entire violent drama of Manoj Haldankar and Dashrath Bhagat, they got angry. Both the sides then had a face off in the form of heated arguments and debate. Later, the CBD police registered a case against Dashrath Bhagat and Manoj Haldankar and arrested them. They were released on bail the next day. The incident that was reportedly widely, tarnished the image of the Congress party in Navi Mumbai and according to reports, the news reached the Chief Minister and MPCC who cannot afford more differences with their ally NCP than what they are already facing during the budget session. Sources say, in order to pacify the senior congress leadership, the Congress delegation that included corporators Dashrath Bhagat, Santosh Shetty, Namdeo Bhagat, Pranali Lad, Sindhu Naik, former corporators Anil Kaushik, Ramakant Mhatre and others met the Chief Minister and MPCC Chief. After the meeting, the MPCC Chief addressed the media and said that the Congress and NCP were working together in the state and center. Workers from Navi Mumbai had come with their appeal to the Chief Minister. According to Manicrao Thakre, the Congress corporator claimed that they had not hit the mike toward the Mayor. However, looks like the Congress corporators were misleading the senior Congress leaders of the party as it is recorded on camera that the mike that hit the mayor was hurled in his direction. No matter how much the opposition corporators defend, whatever happened in the meeting was unfortunate as the Congress party in Navi Mumbai seem to have forgotten that they belongs to the party that believes in the Gandhian values of non-violence and the Congress and NCP form the democratic front government in the state. In such a scenario, deploying Shiv Sena style of protest does not reflect well on the Congress party in Navi Mumbai. Not to forget that in the course, they also waste public funds as public property was damaged during the protest. Bureau report – NMTV News.

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