Looks like the opposition party corporators in NMMC are completely out of ways of how to raise public issue. In yet another publicity attempt, Shiv Sena corporators gheraoed NMMC’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Deepak Paropkari with a puppy demanding action on dog menace in the city. Their apathy towards the animal was apparent as the puppy looked scared during the protest. This has not gone down well with animal activists. Would you appreciate if your corporator scared a puppy to raise the issue of dog menace in your ward? Well, no one ever would. But that is exactly what Shiv Sena corporators did. With a small puppy in their hands, the Shiv Sena party corporators raised slogans and gheraoed NMMC’s Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Deepak Paropkari right after the NMMC Standing Committee this week. The Sena corporators were protesting against the issue of stray dogs menace in the city and demanded that NMMC should begin an alternate sterilization centre since the one at Sector 26, Vashi is under renovation and the plans of beginning a temporary one at the Turbhe dumping ground has still not taken off. The opposition corporators demanded that negligent officers should be transferred from their post. NMMC Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Deepak Paropkari assured the protesting corporators that within 10 days the sterilization centre at the dumping ground would become operational. While stray dog menace is an important issue, it the way the Shiv Sena corporators protested; that is being criticized. Bringing a puppy in a congested area, thrusting it on an officer and shouting slogans is an inhuman way to treat a speechless animal. This is why animal activists and dog lovers are disappointed with Shiv Sena corporators. They say scaring a puppy or using it for a protest isn’t the right way of keeping your say. Perhaps it’s time that the Shiv Sena corporators understand, that public issues are addressed and officials are made accountable when corporators raise issues on the right platforms – like the Standing Committee and General Body meetings. That is why Ggheraoing an officer outside a meeting hall and scaring a puppy is being seen as a publicity stunt of the opposition corporators to grab media limelight. With cameraperson Vinayak Dalvi and bureau inputs, Monika Bhosale for NMTV News.
October 7, 2008