The metropolitan council is an “irresponsible and careless owner” of Podmaniczky and Vörösmarty Squares, and Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony “should not be surprised” that the central government wants to take over the management of these parts of downtown Budapest, the Fidesz-run fifth district council has said.
On Wednesday, Karácsony reacted on Facebook to press reports that Podmaniczky Frigyes Square, Vörösmarty Square and Széchenyi István Square will be transferred to the fifth district local council. He said that “the nationalisation of these three extremely important squares” would be unconstitutional and the Budapest administration will file a lawsuit if a corresponding law is approved.
The fifth district council said in response that Podmaniczky Square and Vörösmarty Square was revamped with government support by the fifth district council in 2019. It added that the state of the two squares maintained by the metropolitan council had deteriorated under its “irresponsible and careless management”.