BJP withdraws no confidence motion against Mundhe; Spl GBM cancelled


Nashik: Following the order by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) withdrew the no-confidence motion against Municipal Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe on Friday. Mayor Ranjana Bhansi made an announcement regarding this.

Following a phone call by party seniors, she cancelled today’s special General Body Meeting on Friday evening. Meanwhile, Shiv Sena, Congress and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena are firm on their demand to scrap entire property tax hike and have decided to go to people for bringing a no-confidence motion against BJP.

The Mayor interacted with media persons on Friday morning at Ramayan bungalow. “Following orders by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and District Guardian Minister Girish Mahajan we will withdraw the no-confidence motion in tomorrow’s General Body Meeting,” she informed.

“The Municipal Commissioner in a corrigendum made it clear to reduce rateable value of tax to 50% and has stepped back. The tax of 3 paise against farmers has been kept as it is. There are still deficiencies in it.

We will meet the Chief Minister and District Guardian Minister in next 15 days and will provide relief by clearing them. We will demand the Chief Minister to reduce tax on commercial properties and to bring tax against farmland to zero. He will hear Nashikites definitely.

The no-confidence motion will be withdrawn in tomorrow’s special General Body Meeting. Decision over this will be taken after stand by opposition gets clear, the Mayor clarified.
Objecting Mundhe’s style of functioning, ruling BJP brought the no confidence motion against him last Monday.

BJP was taking hard efforts for Mundhe’s removal, whereas social media was abuzz with support and opposition for Mundhe. Considering this, rulers were accepting letters and memorandums from over 150 social organisations and sanghatanas for removal of the Municipal Commissioner.

When efforts were in final stage, District Guardian Minister Girish Mahajan made it clear that this was improper and showed that he was unaware about all these happenings.  In the meantime, Mundhe held discussions with the Chief Minister and District Guardian Minister and announced to reduce rateable value of tax by 25-50%.

Following orders by senior leaders ruling BJP announced to withdraw the no confidence motion. With this, duel role by BJP has come forward. “Following u-turn by ruling BJP, it has been proved that it is a drama party.

As BJP turned its back over issue of tax hike, a request will be made to hold discussions with the Chief Minister after meeting of people’s representatives from Nashik with party chief Uddhav Thackeray. We will meet party chief Uddhav Thackeray and the Chief Minister.

Considering situation in Nashik, the party chief will provide relief to Nashik,” reacted opposition leader Ajay Boraste. Meanwhile, a march was organised in support of Mundhe. Around 150 Nashikites took part in it.

After the march reached NMC head office, the number of participants increased. A delegation met the Municipal Commissioner and demanded that he should interact with his supporters who gathered at the entrance. Thereafter, the Municipal Commissioner stood on a chair and interacted with them.