Nagpur: The row over Congress corporator Bunty Shelke snowballed into a bigger issue as the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has sent the general body’s resolution to the state government in order to get him disqualified. Shelke’s fate now lie at the decisioin of state’s urban development department (UDD) which comes under chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.
The resolution to disqualify Shelke on charges of agitating was passed by NMC general body on September 24. Shelke has been charged for provoking ASHA workers to storm into the Town Hall when general body meeting was underway on February 3. Officiating municipal commissioner Ravindra Thakre sent the resolution to the government with his recommendation to disqualify Shelke. Now, UDD will hold hearing of NMC as well as Shelke by issuing a show cause notice. Then the final decision will be taken.
The resolution was passed in a controversial manner. It was cleared amid agitation by corporators of Congress and BSP demanding resignation of mayor Nanda Jichkar for her controversial US tour along with her son. Also, the civic body had started two different inquiries against Shelke.
First, NMC registered FIR against Shelke with Kotwali police station, and also submitted charge sheet in district court. Then, NMC had conducted an internal inquiry based on which the resolution was passed.
“BJP wants to pressurize whoever raises a voice against them. I am not going to buckle to BJP’s pressure and will launch a series of agitations next month,” he said. Shelke has been on BJP’s target ever since he was elected from Mahal, defeating former standing committee chairman Sudhir Raut, who was in the panel of former mayor Pravin Datke.