Mumbai : After the Andaman tour undertaken by the BMC corporators drew severe criticism from the opposition, two other trips that BMC corporators will undertake have also come under the scanner. The BMC’s works committee and the Health committee will undertake two trips within the coming months, one to Shimla and another to Sikkim. Even though it is unclear how much these trips will cost, they will be hosted with the civic body’s money.
Criticising the decision, Congress chief in the BMC, Devendra Amberkar declared that no Congress corporator would be part of the two committees that will go on the trip. He informed that he has asked all Congress leaders to opt out of the trip, on ethical grounds, as it is like a ‘picnic’ undertaken on tax payers’ money.
Even though the other parties from the opposition including NCP and Samajwadi Party have criticised the Andaman trip, MNS refrained from participating in it but did not criticise it.
Neither has it criticised this trip. MNS leader in the BMC, Sandeep Deshpande said, “I have not issued any such notice to MNS leaders who are part of these committees. They are free to
participate in it if they wish to.”
Deshpande said he does not see anything fundamentally wrong with the trip. Political leaders undertake such trips all the time. It is possible to learn new governance techniques from other cities.