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At year's last MC meet, Oppn leaves the ruckus route

chandigarh Updated: Jan 01, 2014 10:02 IST
Hillary Victor

Opposition councillors preferred to silence their aggression during the last MC House meeting for 2013 on Monday. The strategy was purportedly was to win over the support of nine nominated councillors for the mayoral elections scheduled for January 1. But it did not seem to have worked.

Going by the track record of the municipal corporation in the past 12 months - futile discussions, debates on non-issues and a lot of avoidable banter - in most meetings, councillors from the BJP-SAD and the lone member from the BSP left no stone unturned in disrupting the proceedings. Ruling Congress councillors were not behind, but the opposition dominated on the ruckus front.

After Monday's meet, nominated councillor MP Kohli said, "I was shocked to see their behaviour on Monday, but it is too late. They should have thought about it earlier. We are not affiliated with any political party, but it was the BJP that disrupted the House through the year."

The main issue raised by the opposition in 2013 was the alleged involvement of Congress MP Pawan Kumar Bansal in the railway bribery scam, in which the CBI arrested his nephew in May. Bansal has already resigned as railway minister after the arrest and has subsequently got the clean chit from the CBI. But the opposition saved its sharpest and stingiest ammunition for mayor Subhash Chawla.

Nominated councillor Shagfuta Parveen said, "I wish the way the opposition councillors behaved today, they could have kept the same composure the entire year."

Ruckus through the year

Jan 30, 2013: The first MC House meeting was adjourned after BJP demanded an apology on mayor's asking them to them to carry out last rites of "holy cows", But the mayor refused, and it ended with an adjournment.

Feb 20: Meet adjourned after BJP's Arun Sood wanted more time to speak on the budget, but was not allowed. Opposition raised slogans against mayor and called it murder of democracy.

May 24: Adjourned after BJP-SAD councillors demanded resignation of MP Pawan Kumar Bansal, who is an ex-officio member of the MC, from the Lok Sabha. They said Bansal, who was not present, should not attend the House meetings. But the mayor did not allow a debate on the issue.

Sept 23: Both sides did everything other than discussing important matters. They cracked jokes, took jibes at each other, ignoring issues concerning the development of the city.

Oct 30: Meeting adjourned after opposition councillors demanded resignation of MP Bansal, who was in attendance for the first time since the railway bribery scam. They also raised the booth allotment scam, in which Bansal had been named in a report but no FIR has been registered.

Nov 29: BSP councillor Jannat Jahan lashed out at deputy mayor Satish Kainth, calling him a 'chor' (thief), forcing adjournment of the meeting. Earlier, in a meeting in August, Jahan had used the F-word while underlining her disgust with the civic body's functioning.