Mumbai: Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) councillors on Thursday went to teach Shiv Sena a lesson in their style by raising a stink. They brought a caged rat during the General Council Meeting (GCM) to demonstrate their protest for the falling standards of hygiene in Shatabdi hospital at Kandivali. Ashraf Azmi, the Congress party corporator tabled the proposal in the GCM under section 66(b) which allows councillors to raise their concern on grievous issues concerned to the public.
It has been reported recently that the civic-run Shatabdi hospital is in a pathetic condition due to lack of maintenance and administration. Manoj Kotak Group Leader of BJP in BMC slammed the civic body and the ruling Shiv Sena. He said, “It speaks of apathy of the municipal corporation for their failure to provide good medical facilities to the poor patients. It also shows the pest control department is highly inefficient in taking measures. Kotak also warned if BMC failed to provide poor medical facilities, their party would undertake more protests highlighting the poor conditions of civic hospitals.
Kamlesh Yadav, the Kandivali ward corporator of BJP, was the one who brought the rat into the BMC. Yadav alleged even after repeated complaints made to the hospital staff regarding the rodent menace, no action has been taken. “It is important for those sitting in air-conditioned cabins to understand the pain of poor patients. The party members liked the idea of bringing rat,” said Yadav.
Naturally the Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeswar was miffed and disallowwd the BJP corporators to take the rat in the meeting. Recently, a woman patient who was being treated had her eye bitten by rodents when she was fast asleep. Similarly, another patient senior citizen was bitten on her left leg by a rodent.