There was an hour-long tense silence yesterday at the PMC General Body (GB) meeting while people waited for MNS corporators to apologise to PMC commissioner Mahesh Pathak for protesting by giving him bangles last week. The scheduled environment report, as a result, was not presented. When no MNS leader came to the mike NCP leader Subhash Jagtap apologised on behalf of all elected members.
Corporators adjourned the GB meeting and hence the environment status report of 2012-13 was not presented. Now, the environment report will be presented at the next GB meeting on August 22.
NCP leader Subhash Jagtap, Deputy Mayor Deepak Mankar, Standing Committee Chairman Vishal Tambe tried to convince MNS leaders Vasant More, Kishor Shinde and Babu Vagaskar to apologise. After half an hour, More finally came to the mike. In his five-line speech he, and later MNS corporator Babu Vagaskar who spoke, did not apologise.
At last Jagtap said, “To ensure the smooth functioning of the PMC, the coordination between the administration and corporators is a must. In the coming days I expect the bond to strengthen. I apologise on behalf of all members.”
Deputy Municipal Commissioner Rajendra Jagtap said, “The incident (protest by MNS) has demoralised officials and employees of the PMC. Though officials boycotting meetings as a sign of protest is a deterrent, we are not neglecting day to day work.”
Meanwhile, a special meeting of all party leaders was held to discuss the way out of the boycott by corporators. They also discussed the implementation of a code of conduct while protesting in the house.
“We all have the right to protest. But there must be a code of conduct to maintain the image of the house,” said Mayor Vaishali Bankar.