Opposition to turn up the heat on govt in winter session

Seeking its attention on various long pending issues regarding the city, the opposition combine of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena (SS) plans to take on the ruling party in the winter session of the state assembly.

The opposition is expected to raise the issue of the inadequate police force in Pune and the insufficient budgetary allocations for the development of their constituencies. The last winter session of the assembly ahead of state assembly election in 2014 commences from December 9 in Nagpur.

With days to go before the session, which is expected to be stormy, MiD DAY asked the opposition party MLAs and MLCs representing our city about the issues they are going to corner the government on.

Police shortage
Shiv Sena MLA from Kothrud Chandrakant Mokate, said, “I have submitted around 70 questions, which range from the traffic problems to the delay in implementing the Developmental Plan of the city. I am particularly concerned about the inadequate police force assigned for the city.

The city with the population of more than 50 lakh is being provided with only 8,000 to 10,000 personnel. While for Mumbai, the government has provided 40,000 cops. I am going to question the Home Minister RR Patil on the partial attitude of the government for Pune. For this session, I am submitting questions that are approved and signed by all the opposition party MLAs.”

Khadakwasla woes
BJP MLA Bhimrao Tapkir, from Khadakwasla, said, “I will raise my concerns on the lack of proper roads for people living in Bawdhan. The area, which comes under my constituency, is fast developing with various new residential projects coming up.

Builders, however, have not provided proper service roads to the residents, which is a matter of concern. Besides, I will also question the government for the lack of interest to increase the jurisdiction of gaothan areas, of which the population has increased remarkably in the last few years.”

Water worries
Shiv Sena MLA Mahadev Babar, from Hadapsar, said, “My constituency includes the rural part of the city and I will ask the government to regularise the construction of the houses built in the jurisdiction of the grampanchayat.

I will also demand an increase in water supply for my constituency and will raise the question on the government partiality while distributing water to the old parts and the newly developed parts of the city. The poorly managed BRT system in the city is another matter of concern and I will demand an improvement to the system or ask for it to shutdown.”

Child abuse
Shiv Sena MLC Neelam Gorhe, said, “The recent incidents of child sexual harassment and the earlier episode of a girl’s mysterious death in Balgram, Yerawada, would be my top priority for this winter session. The party’s women wing will also protest on these issues in front of the assembly building in Nagpur.

The lethargic attitude of government in Narendra Dabholkar’s murder investigation would be another matter of concern in this session. I would also raise the issue of political interference in the transfers of class one officers working in Pune district’s revenue department.” 

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