• BJP’s ‘transparency’ get Sena’s realistic answer

Mumbai – The Shiv Sena and the BJP has started playing their political games on the backdrop of forming general budget of the BMC. Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar has demanded a realistic budget while BJP has also demanded that there should no tax hike in this budget. The Sena is likely to use the ‘realistic’ plank against BJP’s demand for ‘transparency’.

Municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta is going to present the BMC budget for the year 2017-18 to standing committee chairman Ramesh Korgaonkar on March 29. But the Mayor has written a letter to Mehta demanding a realistic budget from him. He has asked the municipal commissioner not to present a budget with inflated demands.

Interestingly, city BJP president Ashish Shelar also wrote a letter to Mehta on Friday afternoon demanding him not to propose an increase of taxes in the budget.

The current budget of the BMC is of Rs 37,052 crore but the forthcoming budget is likely to have a cut of Rs 11,000 crore. It would be a budget of Rs 26,000 to Rs 27,000 crore as only actual expenditure would be presented in this realistic budget, informed sources.

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