The opposition Fidesz group in the Budapest city council slammed Mayor Gergely Karácsony and his colleagues on Wednesday, accusing them of “unscrupulously regarding Budapest citizens as a means to power”. The Fidesz group said on Facebook that they would continue to work against the “mayor’s lies” next year, and highlight “every mistake and abuse” in order to protect the interests of Budapest residents.
The Fidesz post said Karácsony’s promises of transparency during his election campaign were hollow. They accused him of abusing emergency powers to personally decide on the city council’s 2021 budget without even consulting the opposition. He appointed political allies to head the city’s companies, they said, adding that his “pal” Benedek Jávor was spending four times as much money in Brussels as was allocated in past years. “Not even a single trace of Karácsony’s election promises can be seen in his everyday activities,” the Facebook post said. His numerous mistaken or legally faulty decisions have resulted in several millions of forints in fines payable by the metropolitan council and its companies, Fidesz added.