BJP ‘celebrates’ after paying tribute to departed leader, Congress protests

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Nov 29, 2014 13:53 IST

A ruckus was witnessed in the municipal corporation (MC) House on Friday when BJP councillors welcomed Congress councillor Rana Kashmiri Devi into their fold by thumping tables, just after observing two-minute silence to pay tribute to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jai Ram Joshi, who had died on November 21.

Making an issue, the Congress councillors said, “The BJP does not even have respect for their own leader.”

They also demanded an apology for the irrational behaviour but the BJP was adamant to tender apology.

The drama continued for nearly two hours, forcing the adjournment of the House thrice.

Congress councillors Satish Kainth and Darshan Garg also sat on the floor of the House and demanded apology from the BJP. It was nominated councillor, MP Kohli after whose intervention the matter was sorted out after two hours.

Former mayor Subhash Chawla said, “The BJP should be ashamed of this act (thumping the tables). If they don’t have respect for their leader, how can they respect other leaders?”

“Arun Sood has apologised in the House five times as he has the habit of doing so,”he added.

Reacting to the allegations, Sood said, “The Congress is saying all this out of frustration as its three councillors have already joined the BJP and two more will follow soon. They just want the attention to be deviated from the issues that matter.”

While hitting out at BJP and Congress, nominated councillor MP Kohli said that this was not the way to behave on the floor of the House and even threatened to boycott the meeting.

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