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Congress takes up issues related to general public

Arjun Sharma, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, May 02, 2013
First Published: 19:45 IST(2/5/2013) | Last Updated: 19:47 IST(2/5/2013)

The Congress' councillors are likely to acquire more aggressive posture by mounting attack on the Ludhiana municipal corporation over various issues concerning 'aam aadmi' with the newly-appointed president of the Punjab Congress Pratap Singh Bajwa asking them to raise issues of basic amenities to residents to get connected with them in a better way.

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Following the directions of the party chief, the Congress councillors have been going hammers and tongs at the MC over various issues - ranging from delay in construction of roads to bad sewerage or poor supply of water in different areas of the city.

Propelled by the same spirit, the councillors acquired a tough stance against the demolition of various illegal constructions. Interestingly enough, the newly-acquired stance helped the two factions of the party - led by MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu and district chief Pawan Dewan - band together to fissure the MC's efforts.

They took a stance that the residents of Pavitar Nagar should be given time to submit documents that their structures were legal and should not be razed.

Further, on April 29, Congress councillors protested at the Zone-A office of the corporation for not completing a road in the ward number 3 even though the construction was started two years ago.

They also protested against the death of a former driver of the MC, demanding a jobs to his immediate family member for their sustenance.

Party sources said Bajwa was so accessible to even workers of the party that anyone could call him anytime to discuss an issue related to him.

Parminder Mehta, spokesperson for the Congress councilors, said after Bajwa took over the reins of the Congress in Punjab, there was a boost in morale of the workers as he remained accessible to all. He sets an example before the party workers that in turn helped a lot in boosting their morale."

Interestingly, Bajwa had come to Mullanpur Dakha recently during a protest held by the Congress party against the alleged harassment and arrest of some party workers by police.

"There are a large number of issues that needs to be highlighted, and Congress is doing its job. The MC would be under attack even in near future, if it failed to deliver. Under the leadership of Bajwa, we would keep on fighting for basic rights of the residents," said Rakesh Prasher, deputy to the leader of opposition in the MC.

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