NCP MLC Jitendra Awhad who is often in the news for the wrong reasons was last month the subject of High Court ire. Jitendra Awhad attempted to defend himself on the same issue in a press conference. Manoj Singh reports from the MLC’s press conference held in Thane. It was after the High Court reprimanded the Thane Municipal Corporation that TMC Encroachment Dept. demolished Siddhivinayak Building that has left nearly 25 families homeless. It may be recalled that last month the Mumbai High Court had come down heavily on officials of the Thane Municipal Corporation for their failure to initiate action against NCP leader and MLC Jitendra Awhad. The High court judges had remarked and I quote, “Are officers of the municipal corporation impotent?”. The court was hearing a public interest litigation against illegal constructions in Thane. The court had also demanded an explanation from the Thane Municipal Commissioner to remain present in court and explain the reason why Jitendra Awhad’s name had been excluded from the FIR lodged against NCP men for allegedly obstructing the corporation’s demolition squad. Suhas Barge, a local corporator, had alleged that Awhad and his party activists had stopped the demolition of Siddhivinayak building that is an illegal building in Lokmanya Nagar area of Thane, reportedly owned by an NCP worker. However, refuting all allegations against him, Jitendra Awhad met the media and said that he was being wrongly framed and threatened of exposing the people behind this conspiracy. There are speculations that the NCP and Congress leaders of Thane are coming face to face with each other over the fight for an assembly ticket from Thane in the next assembly session and according to Jitendra Awhad these Congressmen should distance themselves from the secular alliance right now. However, what has not gone amiss is that Jitendra Awhad has always tried to get media publicity by indulging in what can be termed as political stunts – one being when he dumped Thane city’s garbage in front of MCGM in the dumping ground issue and now again he has been accused of interfering in government action against illegal construction. It is because of the continuous interference of such leaders in official work that illegal constructions have become one of the most concerning issues in Thane city today. From Thane with Manoj Singh, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.
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