BJP’s win in civic polls a mandate on transparency: Fadnavis

BJP’s win in civic polls a mandate on transparency: Fadnavis

As it put up a sterling performance in civic polls across Maharashtra including the cash-rich BMC, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today said BJP’s victory resulted from a vote for transparency and demonetisation.

A jubilant Fadnavis, who spearheaded BJP’s poll campaign, said the party’s core committee will decide the future course of action in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

“All decisions for the party are taken by its core committee. Whether or not to go for an alliance will be decided when I, (Maharashtra BJP President) Raosaheb Danve, (Mumbai BJP chief) Ashish Shelar sit and look at the prevailing situation,” Fadnavis told reporters here.

BJP came a close second to the Shiv Sena bagging 80 seats in the 227-member BMC, while the Uddhav Thackeray-led party emerged victorious with 84 seats.

The BJP is also set to gain control of at least six civic bodies — Pune, Nashik, Ulhasnagar, Akola, Nagpur and Amravati — out of the 10 corporations for which the elections were held on Tuesday. The party is also doing well in the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation, as per the latest trends.

The BJP also appeared to have expanded its base in Pimpri Chinchwad, despite fierce competition from the NCP.

Fadnavis said the results are an ample indication that people have accepted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s note ban move and the state government’s transparency plank.

“Our politics consists of trust and transparency. This result is a reflection that people have accepted our style of governance. No other party in the last 25 years has got such a wonderful result,” he said.

“In BMC, we have got an amazing response. Our agenda of transparency and accountability been accepted by people,” he said.

Fadnavis said the results of BMC and other municipal corporations has made the BJP more humble and that instead of indulging in mere talk, they would concentrate on good governance.

“This is a victory of demonetisation. The move was to end corruption and weed out black money. The results have proven people have faith in Modi ji’s governance,” he said.

The party’s state unit chief, Danve, said they had all along known BJP would emerge as the single largest party.

“We had all along known that the BJP will emerge as the single largest party. It was (PM Narendra) Modi ji and (BJP National President) Amit Shah ji’s dream that BJP should be from government from panchayat to Parliament. This dream has been brought true by Maharashtra BJP workers,” he said.

“This result is only due to the work done by Modi ji at the Centre and Fadnavis here,” he added.

BJP MP Kirit Somaiya sought to know if the Congress will provide outside support to the Sena to help them stake claim to power in the BMC.

Poor response to Smart City online polling in Bhubaneswar

Poor response to Smart City online polling in Bhubaneswar

Online polling to choose options for the Smart City project seems to have been a flop with only 10 per cent participation of citizens. The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) had set a target of 2 lakh votes online. In the last seven days, BMC conducted 600 awareness camps to make aware people about the polling.

To generate opinion on people’s priorities about different services, the BMC had adopted online and offline methods a week ago under the ‘Citizen Connect Initiative’. For online voting, it floated a website, smartcitybhubaneswar.gov.in, where there were options to vote. The top three services, which get maximum votes, will be prioritised by the civic body under the Smart City project.

Under the ‘smart solution’ category, which has seven options, 3,808 opinions are found to have been generated online. Under ‘smart district’, 23,989 views have been posted.

The website reveals maximum people have chosen traffic and parking (643 votes), solid waste (539 votes) and public transport (643 votes). In the smart district category, maximum people have voted for South City district followed by Infocity and Khandagiri districts.

BMC additional commissioner Sudhanshu Samal said online opinion generation is an indirect interaction with people, which is why it has not generated the targeted number of opinions. “In offline voting, we got to interact with people directly to elicit the views. They were provided with some tips about the Smart City and what it is going to be in future. In the online mode, all details were there but people might have found cumbersome to read the details and then click on the option,” said Samal.

He further said many people have viewed the website but haven’t voted. “There are other online interactive programmes to get the views of people. We will continue to run the programmes such as seeking participation of people in ‘design a logo’ on smart city competition. Prizes will be given to best two logos on the basis of online voting for the logo and a subsequent decision of a jury,” said Samal.

So far, in offline polling, BMC has gathered two lakh opinions. The civic body had designed a special polling paper for the purpose. Opinion received through polling papers were segregated every day. The result of offline polling is yet to come.

,TNN | Oct 7, 2015