Bhopal mayor Alok Sharma may soon land in trouble for his ‘mental check-up’ remark against Leader of Opposition Mohammed Sageer who has planned to file a defamation case against the mayor, Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) council chairperson Surjeet Singh Chouhan and civic body commissioner Chhavi Bharadwaj.
Sharma’s remark – Sageer needs to take a mental check-up as he is in dire need of treatment – came right after Bharadwaj reportedly complained to divisional commissioner Ajatshatru Shrivastava against Sageer alleging he misbehaved with her.
“I have also written to urban development minister Maya Singh and submitted a memorandum to collector Nishant Warwade questioning politics behind it,” said Sageer, alleging the BMC commissioner is working like a Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) worker.
“I am just doing my job. In my view, the BMC is not working at all and I have filed at least 100 complaints and memorandums in this regard. The commissioner is not working as a bureaucrat but as a public relations officer of the BJP. This is not fair. I am mentally fit and the mayor can’t publically tell me to go for a mental check-up. This is defamation,” said Sageer.
Responding to Sageer’s remark, the mayor said, “The way Sageer has behaved in the recent past has really not been fine. He misbehaved with the commissioner and also tried to spoil the image of several BMC officials. He really needs a treatment.”
BMC sources reveal the problem dates back to a time when Sageer was opposed by a unit of Congress corporators. “Corporators of his own party accused Sageer of illegally occupying a hall at Jinsi Square some years ago. After facing objections, he decided to open an office there so that he could turn his encroachment into a legal land. And to create a stronger public image, he kept submitting memorandums and created hurdles in the working of BMC,” said a BMC officer.