Cracks within the city unit of the Congress grew wider on Sunday as councillor Mukesh Bassi fired another salvo at mayor Subhash Chawla - this time asking him not to “be illusioned (SIC) by power as it is the root cause of all pain and misery”.
Bassi's strong-worded letter to the city mayor came five days after he had in his first written communiqué asked Chawla not to interfere in ward 17, which Bassi represents.
Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee president BB Bahl is yet to intervene in the matter. Contacted, he tried to downplay Bassi's letter: “It is a minor issue and just a fight between family members, and will be sorted soon.”
In the second letter, Bassi claimed that the city mayor had with the help of a residents welfare association identified the ground of the government school in Sector 21 for developing it as a playground for area residents without even consulting him.
The war of words has been on since June 26, when in the first letter, Bassi told Chawla that it would be better if he concentrates on his own ward, which “is crying for attention”, and alleged that the mayor was making a separate group in each ward against MP and senior party leader Pawan Kumar Bansal.
Infuriated with this, Bassi even went to the ward of Subhash Chawla on June 27 and listened to the problems of his ward.
BB Bahl said he had not read the letters. In Sunday's letter, Bassi said: “I am younger to you in terms of age, experience and position held by you but I want to share my little knowledge that what belongs to you today, belonged to someone else yesterday and will belong to someone else tomorrow, so don't be illusioned by power as it (is the) root cause of all pain and misery.”
The letter continued: “Since my childhood, I have learnt that 'jo jaisa karega waise bharega' (as you sow, so shall you reap), but your political dictionary has changed the meaning with karega koi (mayor Subhash Chawla) and bharega koi (area councillor Mukesh Bassi).”
Contacted, Chawla said: “I have not read the letter and refuse to comment on the issue.”