Fadnavis backs Navi Mumbai civic chief

October 27, 2016 12:00 am | Updated December 02, 2016 11:54 am IST - MUMBAI:

Breaking his silence a day after Navi Mumbai corporators passed a no-confidence motion against Municipal Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday indicated his support for the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) chief.

“Targeting an officer for doing his duty, exposing irregularities and preventing wrong happenings is absolutely wrong. If there are communication problems with the officer, then he can be made aware of that differently,” said while speaking with a select group of journalists at his residence, Varsha, in South Mumbai.

He had asked Mr. Mundhe to send the motion passed in the NMMC with his comments, and has received the report. A decision on it will be conveyed accordingly, he said. The Chief Minister had a word of advice for Mr. Mundhe and other young IAS officers in the State, saying, “We have a bunch of bright young officers in Maharashtra who are working exceedingly well in different positions. However, they must remember that while dealing with elected representatives and citizens, it would be better if they remain as cordial as possible.”

Mr. Fadnavis said in a democracy, elected representatives are of extreme importance. “It is possible that some of them are not well educated and may have some issues, but officers should not insult them. However, they must continue opposing wrongdoings.”

While passing the no-confidence motion, the corporators had alleged autocratic behaviour, insulting corporators and the Mayor, and not consulting the standing committee, among the reasons for the action. . The ruling NCP, Shiv Sena and Congress had joined hands to support the motion, while six BJP corporators opposed it.

‘Was right to mediate’

On the controversy surrounding the release of Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Mr. Fadnavis clarified that he had not proposed that the producers pay Rs. 5 crore to the Army fund, and that the proposal had come from the producers themselves. “It was Raj Thackeray who asked them to pay Rs. 5 crore; I did clarify that there was no compulsion to pay,” he said.

“Karan Johar met me and said that nowadays, any film does its business in the first week of its release. If the tensions continue till the release of the film, the makers are likely to suffer major financial trouble,” he added.

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