The pre-budget document released from the Centre's Economic Survey lauded Mumbai for having the most civic body in the country. However, it all took a sour turn when the former allies, Bhartiya Janta Party and Shiv Sena began fighting on all the praises that were bestowed upon the latter.
The weeks running up to the civic polls, BJP has been targeting Shiv Sena from every possible angle and direction and criticising its administration as non-transparent. This was the final stroke from BJP's end and every possibility of Shiv Sena and BJP tying-up ever again died at this point.
The Economic Survey tabled by Finance Minister Arun Jaitely ranked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on top in terms of transparency and accountability. On the scale of eight, Hyderabad and Mumbai got a perfect score.
The Survey has come like a blessing in disguise for the party who has been battling the charges slapped by the former allies, BJP. Treating the survey as their shield, Shiv Sena congratulated Mayor, Snehal Ambedkar, civic chief Ajoy Mehta and the civic administration.
It was a major burn for BJP and irked from all the appreciation, the party accused Shiv Sena of distorted condition of the roads and scams. "Before applauding themselves, Sena leaders in BMC the must give us an answer about the audit of Rs70,000 crore from 2012-17, which was not available. Where did that money go? Who were the contractors that were paid?" said Ashish Shelar, Mumbai's BJP chief.
Shelar also added, the survey was based on incomplete information and the Sena was selectively using the survey for its profit.
But Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray very quick to respond on the social networking sites, Thackeray asked the BJP if the part had doubts about their own Finance Minister and Union Government. "It takes a lot of mistrust on their own Finance Minister and government and the budget to call the BMC non-transparent, by them (sic)," Thackrey said.
He further added, "The BJP, out of absolute opportunism and hypocrisy, is trying to cry over "transparency" in the BMC, when it runs the least transparent civic bodies."
Thackeray also turned the tabled asking BJP to open Union and state cabinet meetings for the media, commoners and the opposition leader.