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Surender Sharma , Hindustan Times
Chandigarh, January 09, 2014
A day after a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) councillor here laid the foundation of a community centre using bricks with ‘Modi’ engraved on them, municipal corporation officials on Wednesday removed the bricks from the spot. Later, in the day Mayor, Harphool Chander Kalyan wrote to MC Commissioner, VP Singh to check as to how all this happened and bricks with ‘Modi’ name were used for the foundation of a community centre being built by MC. He has also asked him to check the role of various officials involved in it. Councillor Saurabh Joshi had used unapproved bricks with the mark ‘Modi’ on them — a clear reference to Gujarat chief minister and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi — for laying the foundation of a community centre in Sector 15.

The bricks were reportedly brought from a kiln in Ludhiana, and officials later said these were not the bricks approved by the corporation after efficiency test for use in the construction.

With Joshi were local BJP unit president Sanjay Tandon, other party leaders while some officials of the municipal corporation were present.  “The way Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is known as Iron Man of India, Narendra Modi is the ‘development man’ in the world,” Joshi later said. “The bricks bear Modi’s name so that the pace of work accelerates.”

 The Congress said the move showed that the BJP was using every chance to gain political mileage. “The matter should be legally examined,” Pardeep Chhabra, former mayor and Congress spokesperson, said.