With months to go for the civic polls, the Pune unit of Shiv Sena has warned of an agitation if the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) fails to solve the traffic issue at Sinhagad Road. Meanwhile, on Monday, the Pimpri Chinch-wad unit of Shiv Sena signalled that it would fight the upcoming civic polls on its own.
Former MLA and Shiv Sena city chief Vinayak Nimhan has written to PMC commissioner Kunal Kumar about repeated traffic snarls on Sinhagad Road. “The injunctions of the courts had led to scrapping of the river-side road. However, the PMC had failed to speed up the work of a service road which was planned,” the letter said.
In his letter, Nimhan went on to add that the absence of the service road has made it difficult for commuters. He warned that if the PMC fails to speed up the work, the Sena would have to hit the streets to agitate for the same.
Meanwhile, speaking to the media, Shiv Sena MP from Maval Shrirang Barne signalled that his party would look to fight the upcoming civic elections of Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) on its own. Barne said that he is confident of a good performance by the Sena in the twin township.
The BJP and Sena had fought the general elections of 2014 together, but decided to break their alliance before the Assembly elections. However, post polls, both the parties came together to form the government. Although both the parties are in an alliance in the Centre and at the state, all is not well within their local units. “There might have been a Modi wave in the country, but in Maharahstra, we have the Uddhav wave. No one should underestimate the power of Shiv Sena,” Barne said.
The BJP has received a shot in the arm in PCMC with the induction of Independent MLA Laxman Jagtap and hopes to make serious inroads during the civic polls. Jagtap, who was considered close to NCP leader and deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, has already started inducting his supporters in the BJP.