Mumbai: Navi Mumbai municipal commissioner Tukaram Munde was transferred after political parties had come together to complain against him for his action against illegal structures in Navi Mumbai.
In October 2016, the BMC had passed a no-confidence motion against the commissioner citing his high-handed manners of dealing with elected representatives. Except BJP all other parties voted against Munde. The motion was passed with 105 votes against 6.
Shiv Sena was aggressive in demanding Munde’s transfer. The decision of transfer was pending with urban development department held by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
The orders of transfers was finally passed today. S Ramaswamy will be new commissioner of Navi Mumbai.
MUNDE’S TRACK RECORD
Munde has been known for his “not so good” relations with politicians and has been transferred eight times in the last ten years earlier following controversies with politicians. During his stint as Solapur Collector, he cracked down on sand mafia and was also allegedly attacked by them.
But Munde has always received public support. Even when political parties ganged up against him in Navi Mumbai, various citizen’s fora had launched campaign to back him.
As the BJP and Shiv Sena relations are strained, transfer of Munde is seen as an attempt by the BJP to reach out to the Sena by accepting their demand to shunt out the officer.