Sena up in arms against CM's plan to appoint Mumbai CEO

Claims move is engineered to weaken Sena’s stand and dominate civic body

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s recent decision to appoint a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Mumbai, who will coordinate between prime agencies, including the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), Maharashtra Housing and Development Authority (MHADA), has not gone down well with the Shiv Sena.


CM Devendra Fadnavis

According to senior Sena leaders, the appointment of an additional secretary level rank officer as Mumbai’s CEO would limit the power of the BMC. Arvind Sawant, South Mumbai MP, from Shiv Sena said, “When all agencies from BMC, MMRDA have an IAS officer, it doesn’t make sense to have one more IAS officer as
the CEO.”

Senior Sena leaders perceive this as a move to bring Mumbai under the central government authority. A leader said, on condition of anonymity, “The CM wants to ensure that he has complete control over the civic body and weaken the Sena’s hold.”

Niranjan Shetty, chief spokesperson for Mumbai BJP said, “Those opposing the move do not understand its significance. The CEO will co-ordinate between sub-agencies.”

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