BJP alleges poll code violation by Maharashtra CM
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 22:17
Mumbai: A presentation made by the civic commissioner to Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan regarding a proposed coastal road in Mumbai violated the election code of conduct, BJP said on Wednesday.

The party filed a complaint with the State Election Commission (SEC) alleging violation of the code by Chavan.

Mumbai BJP President Raj Purohit said details of the presentation made to the CM yesterday amounted to violation of the code of conduct, which is in force in view of the February 16 civic polls in the metropolis.

Municipal Commissioner Subodh Kumar, in his presentation, had said the road will be 35km long and constructed at an expense of Rs 8000 crore.

State BJP Spokesman Madhav Bhandari said the issue of coastal road is in public discussion for three years.

"The Centre had alloted funds to conduct a feasibility study. However, the State Government did not do anything. Now with an eye on elections, the Chief Minister and Subodh Kumar have suddenly remembered the project. Is Subodh Kumar an IAS officer or a Congress worker?" Bhandari asked.

"We told the commission that the statement by Chavan, that he has sanctioned Rs 9,000 crore for the project, is a violation of the poll code," Purohit said.

"Chavan can't make such an announcement when the code of conduct is in force," Purohit said. "We have been assured that the commission will look into the issue."

The coastal road will start from Nariman Point, in South Mumbai, and go up to Kandivali in the western suburbs.


First Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 22:17

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