Brawl b/w BJP & Cong supporters in Belagavi over PWD inspection of public market. PWD officials from Bengaluru arrived to audit discrepancies in rent & GST collection. BJP accused PWD Min of politically motivated visit, Cong accused BJP MLA of irregularities & misusing funds. Audit report revealed ₹5.3 lakh loss & ₹6.77 lakh GST not collected. Residents & city corp members accused MLA of opaque shop allotment. AAP leader & former city corp member accused MLA of misappropriation & bribery. Another inspection on Tues, report to govt in few days.
A spot inspection of a public market by Public Works Department officials turned into a street brawl between BJP and Congress supporters in Belagavi on Monday, each accusing the other of playing politics over the issue.
Public Works officials from Bengaluru arrived at the Rani Channabhairadevi Tinisu Katte food street in Goaves after an internal audit report reported some discrepancies in the collection of rent and non-collection of GST, among other issues.
The officials went around each one of the 55 shops collecting details of all shop owners and copies of documents from the shopkeepers.
Some BJP workers tried to obstruct the inspection saying that the visit has been politically motivated as Public Works Minister Satish Jarkiholi ordered it due to his differences with BJP MLA Abhay Patil.
Supporters of Satish Jarkiholi in turn shouted at the BJP workers saying that Mr. Patil is involved in large-scale irregularities and has misused government funds.
The audit report said that the local Public Works division officers have carried out wrong assessment of rent along with non-consideration of additional areas leading to a loss of ₹5.3 lakh, failed to collect ₹6.77 lakh GST and had short-collected security deposit of ₹2.6 lakh.
The inspection has been ordered after some residents and members of Belagavi City Corporation raised objections regarding allotment of shops and also, violation of construction guidelines.