Corruption barbs fly in municipal poll build-up

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Old 27-Sep-2011
Corruption barbs fly in municipal poll build-up

Mumbai: After potholes on Mumbai's roads, corruption in the Shiv Sena-controlled Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has provided the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) another opportunity to go hammer and tongs at its rival as the metropolis gears up for civic elections.

Days after estranged Thackeray cousins Uddhav Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray's son and Raj exchanged barbs over state of city roads, the Sena chief and deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar of the NCP are trading charges over the corruption in the BMC.

Strong response

It was Pawar who ticked off Thackeray (while speaking at a party workers' convention at Amravati a couple of days ago), by alleging that corruption was rampant in the BMC.

Not known to mince words, the Sena chief hit back at Pawar, saying that the latter had lost his mental balance. "In his disturbed mind, he keeps making baseless and inconsistent utterances," Thackeray said.

In an editorial published in his party's official mouth-piece Saamna yesterday, Bal Thackeray hit back: "For Ajit Pawar, corruption is evident in the BMC. What about the Maharashtra government [ruled by the Congress-NCP alliance]?"

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