Political parties in Mumbai continue to flout civic rules, deface city with illegal banners

Political parties in Mumbai continue to flout civic rules, deface city with illegal banners

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Political parties in Mumbai continue to flout civic rules, deface city with illegal banners

Mumbai city news: A recent function at the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) headquarters left the entire stretch outside the civic body covered with illegal flags on poles and traffic lights.

Have you ever wondered why illegal flags continue to resurface and to disfigure the city despite an ongoing effort to eliminate? The answer seems to continue the apathy of the political parties to the rules of the civic body and the greater judicial power.

For example, a GST function at the headquarters of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has left the whole section outside the civic body covered with illegal flags at the poles and traffic lights.

On the recent visit of BJP president Amit Shah in Mumbai, the city was covered with illegal welcome posters. Posters and posters were observed at Dadar Western Express.

Despite the commitments of various political parties to prevent their members and supporters to disfigure the city, visits such as these by political leaders and many festivals in the city see a sudden increase in the number of illegal posters.

BMC officials said they feared political consequences if they acted.

During the past year, some 16,413 posters, boards, blocks, banners removed by the civic corps, 81% or 13,312 were political. In addition, the first information reports (FIR) were filed in 470 cases, while 3,711 complaints were filed with the police.

The same trend continued this year with civilian elections in February 2017. Of the 2,280 illegal posters, flags withdrawn in the last four months of 1028 or 45% were abolished in January just one month before the election and all were politicians.

In order to control unauthorized political flags, Bombay HC in February had even asked the Central Electoral Commission and the state whether it could cancel the registration of the parties if they challenged public property.

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