December 2, 2020 5:19:08 am
The BJP on Tuesday demanded the resignation of Shiv Sena leader and BMC Standing Committee Chairman Yashwant Jadhav from his post after he was heard threatening a contractor to withdraw from projects in an purported audio clip, which went viral on social media. BJP group leader Prabhakar Shinde said that Jadhavâ€™s act of threatening a contractor is shameful and brought bad name to the BMC.
â€œJadhav should take moral responsibility and resignâ€¦ A high-level probe should be ordered. The contractor has filed a complaint with police and the BMC commissioner and said that if he or his family is harmed, then Jadhav will be responsible,â€ said Shinde.
In the purported audio clip, Jadhav is heard asking Surajpratapsingh Deora â€” a representative of Yash Corporation â€” to withdraw from the contract of development works worth Rs 2.17 crore in corporator ward 206 in E ward (Byculla). The firm had bagged the contract through e-tendering. As Deora expressed his inability to withdraw from the works, Jadhav is allegedly heard asking him if he wanted to continue working with BMC or not.
While Jadhav is a corporator from ward 206, his wife Yamini Jadhav is the Byculla MLA. Meanwhile, BJP leader Vinod Mishra said, â€œJadhavâ€™s direction is a clear cut interference in administrative work.â€
Jadhav, however, denied all allegations.â€œThe allegations of threatening the contractor are false. Since the contractorâ€™s work was not satisfactory, I was asking the BMC administration not to give the contract to this company. The same contractor had done works in Mulund in BJP corporatorâ€™s wards. This is BJPâ€™s ploy against me,â€ he said, adding that he has written to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackerary to scrap the e-tendering process.
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