NCP, MNS lock horns over launch of musical fountain in Katraj

With an eye on elections, the NCP and the MNS have locked horns over the inauguration of the musical fountain developed by Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) at Katraj lake, as both want it to be launched by their respective leaders.

In the coordination meeting of all political parties, the MNS proposed that the fountain, developed at a cost of Rs 4.84 crore, be inaugurated by its party chief Raj Thackeray. However, the decision on the proposal was postponed after heated argument between the NCP and the MNS leaders.

"As of now, the decision on proposal has been postponed," said Mayor Chanchala Kodre.

MNS leader Vasant More said the idea for the project was conceived by him and being a local corporator he ensured the project was completed on time. "NCP leader Subhash Jagtap was deliberately playing politics on the issue by proposing to invite Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar for the inauguration. The ruling NCP is trying to take credit for the project, which was pushed by MNS," he said.

The leader said his party has made its stand clear on the issue and if the NCP ignores it, the MNS will protest.

NCP leader Subhash Jagtap said the PMC had decided in a meeting that deputy chief minister will inaugurate the fountain and it would be improper to make any changes now. "MNS leaders were absent from the meeting. It's there mistake," he said.

Jagtap said the deputy chief minister had helped in the beautification of the Katraj lake and so it was proper for him to launch the project. "If the MNS create problems in the inauguration, we will show our strength," he added.

Incidentally, the project falls in the Baramati parliamentary constituency, represented by Supriya Sule, daughter of NCP chief Sharad Pawar.

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