The drama continued at the municipal corporation House meeting on Thursday also with Congress councillors demanding that the meeting conducted on Wednesday be recognised as illegal and BJP asking the Congress not to pass agenda items that have already been passed on Wednesday.
The squabble between the parties lasted throughout the two-hour meeting, which was adjourned twice.
Leaders of the BJP-SAD alliance asked mayor Harphool Chander Kalyan to declare the House meeting of Wednesday as valid and insisted on discussing the deferred agenda. However, Congress leaders insisted that it was illegal, as the meeting was not attended by the councillors and the minutes were not recorded.
Congress councillor Subhash Chawla suggested that the local body secretary take the final call on the proceedings. However, BJP leaders refused to agree with the suggestion.
Nominated councillor MP Kohli said a committee consisting members from all parties should be formed to sort out the issue. However, MC commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh stated that a committee cannot be constituted at this stage. Finally, the meeting was adjourned at 5.30 pm.
On Wednesday, Congress councillors Satish Kainth and Darshan Garg and their supporters had locked MC chief engineer Mukesh Anand and other officers in his room for nearly 30 minutes and had raised slogans against them for not carrying out development works in their respective areas.
Angry BJP councillors, in turn, had made senior deputy mayor Heera Negi sit on the mayor’s chair to begin the House proceedings.
REAL ISSUES IGNORED
Amid the chaos that prevailed during the meeting, issues pertaining to stray dogs, water shortage and safety of firefighters, two of whom lost their lives in a fire accident in Sector 17 on June 8, were not discussed. Residents now need to wait for another month for their issues to be redressed.