Mumbai, Feb 18: In the BMC civic polls next week, nine residential colonies in Mumbai are planning to vote ‘none of the above’ (NOTA) option as a form of protest against the Government body’s failure to redress issues primal to the development of the residents. As per reports, as many as 1,500 residents of the nine housing societies in Borivali put up banners at the gate which expressed their opinion saying ‘No conveyance of society, No vote in election.’Also Read - BJP Would Remain at Centre of Indian Politics For Years to Come: Prashant Kishor's Latest Comments
One of the primary reason for this decision of the residents is reportedly because the deemed conveyance of their buildings were sold to two builders without the consent of the residents. Regarding this, the residents have reportedly approached BJP MP of the area, Gopal Shetty, but no help has been provided to them yet. Moreover, the residents alleged that Shetty, when the residents met him around six months ago, said that their votes will not matter much for the party. Also Read - NCB Official Sameer Wankhede’s Wife Writes to Maharashtra CM Uddhav, Says ‘Woman's Dignity Being Toyed, Balasaheb Wouldn’t Have Liked It’
According to The Indian Express, Tushar Javeri, a resident of one of the housing society said that the residents of the nine buildings constituted about 10 per cent of the voters in the ward. He further added that they hoped that if at least the 1,300 residents voted NOTA, that will make a considerable difference. Also Read - No Firecrackers, Only Diyas: Maharashtra Govt Urges All To Celebrate Diwali By Lighting Lamps; Issues Guidelines
According to Jatin Shah, another resident quoted by IE, they also approached the BJP corporator of the area Beena Doshi, but to no avail. They had similar complaints against the Congress and said since it never came to power, it never helped.
The deemed conveyance and land rights are supposed to be transferred to the society after four months of its formation, but according to the residents, the original builder of these societies sold the land rights and deemed conveyance to another building without informing or taking their consent. The worries of the residents are also escalating as, even after possessing all documents, they will not be able to take up any renovation or redevelopment of the buildings without going through the builders.
Furthermore, there has also been allegations that Beena Doshi, the BJP corporator, who this time is contesting from Ward-17, that is Chikuwadi, Poisar Bus depot, disregards her civic issues and lacked empathy towards residents and especially senior citizens. This is related to an incident when a resident complained of a manhole and it was covered but with a lid which did not fit. Following this, when the complainant approached her again, she instead of resolving said that they should watch their step and walk.
While Doshi refuted these claims and said that she is a corporator and the issue of deemed conveyance does not fall under her jurisdiction. She added that as for manholes, she can only facilitate the work and not make the lids, and it is the failure of the BMC administration in supporting the corporator.
Regarding the complaints against him, MP Gopal Shetty claimed these allegations as political fabrication and denied the residents’ claim of him siding with the builders. he instead said that following the complain of the residents he wrote a letter to the building proposal department to inquire into the issue and resolve it.
Shetty went a step ahead and said he would indeed right a letter to CM Devendra Fadnavis to order a CBI inquiry against the allegations and said he will request the CM to put him behind bars if he is found of any wrong doing in the 25 years of his political career.