Thane: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday laid the foundation stone of two metro corridors — Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan Metro and Dahisar-Mira-Bhayander Metro and City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) housing scheme in Maharashtra.
While launching the two metro corridors, PM Modi appreciated the people of Mumbai and Thane and said that they were those who had helped the nation realise its dreams. He added that people coming from small towns and villages have made a name here for themselves and made India proud. PM Modi further said, “Those born here and living here are large-hearted and gave everyone a place in it.”
Reportedly, Shiv Sena leaders were not in attendance at the launch of Kalyan Metro and Pune Metro ‘bhoomi pujan’ as party leaders and ministers Eknath Shinde and Vijya Shivtare have been invited but not their party chief Uddhav Thackeray.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had boycotted the ‘bhoomi pujan’ for Mumbai Coastal Road recently where Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis wasn’t invited by Shiv Sena.
Meanwhile, during PM Modi’s whirlwind tour, two Sena MPs, Shirang Barne from Maval and Shivajirao Adhalrao-Patil from Shirur, too skipped the inauguration of the third Metro line — from Hinjewadi to Shivajinagar — as their names weren’t there on the invitation cards.
Baramati MP Supriya Sule, daughter of NCP chief Sharad Pawar, too stayed away from the function. Speaking to a local daily, Barne said, “I have received an invitation card, which carries only the name of BJP MP Anil Shirole, while the names of the other three MPs are missing.”
Adhalrao said there was another invite doing the rounds on WhatsApp which had all MPs’ names. “This is not an official card. It’s circulating on WhatsApp. It carries the names of all MPs from Pune and all MLAs,” he had said.
Sule’s office said, “Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) officials hastily printed her name on a blank sheet along with other names and circulated it, making it look like an invitation card.”
BJP city president Yogesh Gogawale said it was a government function and the PMRDA would go by protocol. “We don’t know who has been invited and who has not been. It’s entirely as per protocol,” he had said.