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MLA funds offer lands in controversy at Panvel Municipal Council

Congress MLA Prashant Thakur’s offer to give Rs. 99 lac grand to Panvel Municipal Council for development work has landed in a controversy as the ruling PWP is hesitating to bring in the proposal for discussion at the general body meeting.

The rivalry between Ramsheth Thakur led Congress and MLA Vivek Patil led PWP seems to now be affecting development work in Panvel. That’s because the Panvel Municipal Council is not tabling a proposal to take a Rs. 99 lacs grand from Congress MLA Prashant Thakur’s MLA funds. It may be recalled that the Panvel Municipal Council is ruled by the Peasants and Workers Party and is financially one of the weaker municipal councils of the state. Due to which the civic works and development work in Panvel has always been slow. But despite this, the PWP is not willing to take the fund offer from MLA Prashant Thakur. Congress Group Leader Jayant Padge informed that in the 160 years history of PMC, this is the first time that a MLA is offering his MLA funds to the Panvel Municipal Council for development work. The Panvel Collector and District Planning Committee have approved the proposal but the PWP is not bringing it for approval of corporators at the PMC.

With elections round corner, the PWP fears that accepting the MLA funds offer from Prashant Thakur will expose the fact that PWP MLA Vivek Patil has never made such an offer in his own party’s ruled PMC, says Jayant Padge. However, defending their stance, PMC President Sandeep Patil said that the Congress never made this offer in the last two years. However with the elections approaching, they offer this as a political stunt.

This controversy has exposed how PWP MLA Vivek Patil has never made any initiative for giving his MLA funds for progressive work at Panvel. Even if elections is the reason that MLA Prashant Thakur is making this offer, there seems to be no reason to not utilize the same funds for carrying out development work in Panvel. With bureau inputs, Monika Bhosale for NMTV News.

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