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Ruckus in BMC over note ban, Cong seeks report on proposals

The general council of Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Thursday witnessed a ruckus with Congress corporators opposing a proposal from their BJP counterparts that the civic body’s all transaction should be made cashless.

bhopal Updated: Dec 16, 2016 09:30 IST
Corporators engage in a heated discussion at BMC council meet in Bhopal on Thursday.
Corporators engage in a heated discussion at BMC council meet in Bhopal on Thursday.(HT photo)

The general council of Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Thursday witnessed a ruckus with Congress corporators opposing a proposal from their BJP counterparts that the civic body’s all transaction should be made cashless.

General council chairman Surjeet Singh Chouhan and a few other BJP corporators made the proposal to back demonetisation. The Congress members, however, said all people in Bhopal were not enough teach-savvy to pay taxes online.

The proposal comes over a month after announcement of demonetisation, which, experts say, is pushing the country’s cash-based economy towards cashless mode.

Congress corporator Shabista Zaki said: “A general council meeting cannot take place as per the rules unless corporators are given confirmation letters of compliance of proposals passed earlier. No one knows how much work has been done on those passed proposals.”

Failing to get any clear answer from the treasury bench, Congress corporators staged a walkout. The council gave nod to proposals listed for the meeting in less than 10 minutes after the walkout.

The proposals passed include selling a shop located at the multi-level parking project in MP Nagar. The highest bid was ₹96 .8 lakh and widening a road leading to Chola Vishramghat.

Besides, a fund of ₹4 lakh and a house for Kailash Sahu whose son died in flood in July. Sahu will also be employed on contract with the civic body. Akeel Ahmed, a contractual employee of the BMC since 1997, will be given with financial assistance for treatment.

After the proposals were passed, the Congress members returned to the meeting and demanded that a proceedings of Question Hour to be started, to which the BJP corporators protested.

Council chairman Chouhan said: “I had repeated everyone’s name twice... they (Congress members) knew it was the Question Hour, then why did they stage a walkout.”

Congress corporator Girish Sharma said he wants to make startling revelations about scams in the civic body. “They didn’t let me speak and adjourned the meeting because I was about to expose BMC scams on retaining wall and building projects.”