After a tug of war between the Congress and the BJP councillors over inviting member of Parliament Kirron Kher as the chief guest at the municipal corporation's Teej festival, now a section of BJP councillors says it is not must that the MP should attend the function.
The municipal corporation (MC) is celebrating the festival at Shivalik Garden in Manimajra on August 9.
BJP councillor Arun Sood held a press conference last week and lashed out at mayor Harphool Chander Kalyan for playing dirty politics by not inviting the MP. He had said for the first time in the history of Chandigarh, a woman was elected as the MP and she should be the chief guest at the MC's Teej function.
Contrary to this, BJP councillor Desh Raj said, "It is not must that Kirron should attend the function, but it more important that celebrations should take place. I have requested the MC commissioner that the MC should celebrate Teej and we should call a senior resident as the chief guest."
Independent councillor Gurcharan Das Kala, who joined the BJP before Lok Sabha elections, said, "Why we should invite political leaders when it is the function of MC? The main concern is to celebrate the event and not the political leaders."
"Some of the BJP Councillors are just politicising the issue. When they know that Kirron cannot come to the city before August 14, then why are they holding press conferences and giving statements in the media that the mayor should invite the MP as the chief guest," said SAD-BJP councillor Malkiat Singh.
Another senior councillor of the BJP, on the condition of anonymity, asked, “Why the Congress will invite MP as the chief guest when she is not in the city? Also, it is very unfortunate that she does not even meet the local people and look into their problems. Even the people do not know where to meet her.”
Earlier, the celebrations were to take place on August 3, but the mayor had postponed the Teej function to August 9 saying that it was his prerogative to decide who should be the chief guest at the function.
The mayor had also refused to invite Kirron as the chief guest of the Teej function.