Mocking at the institution of municipal corporation, councillors of the BJP and Congress showed residents why they should not repose much faith on them to address the issues of public interest. At the monthly House meeting on Wednesday, the councillors behaved like lumpen intellectuals by levelling allegations at each other.
The meeting was adjourned and has now been scheduled for 3pm on Thursday.
It all started at 10.50am, when Congress councillors Satish Kainth and Darshan Garg and their supporters locked up MC chief engineer Mukesh Anand and other officers in his room for nearly 30 minutes and raised slogans against him for not carrying out development work in their respective areas. Leaving no chance, the BJP councillors made senior deputy mayor Heera Negi sit on the mayor’s chair to begin the House proceedings.
Irked over the move, the Congress adjourned the meeting. Even the officers protested against this unruly behaviour by boycotting the meeting. These scenes were unprecedented in the MC’s history in the past 17 years.
Later, the BJP councillors and four nominated counterparts passed a resolution for suspending additional commissioner Sunil Bhatia who adjourned the meeting. They alleged that how could Bhatia adjourn the meeting as he had no powers. The councillors also demanded disciplinary action Bhatia.
The BJP councillors alleged, “This has happened for the first time that the ruling party (Congress) is protesting. It is proved that they do not want development of city and are anti-people. It is a black day in the history of Chandigarh.”
On the other hand, former mayor and Congress councillor Subhash Chawla said, “The BJP has violated the MC Act by making the senior deputy mayor sit on the mayor’s chair, when the mayor was present in the MC office. They should have rather supported us in the protest for not carrying out development works in the city.”
The BJP-SAD councillors discussed the agenda and approved them without the presence of officers and Congress councillors. Whereas, the Congress councillors enjoyed the moment at the mayor’s room.
Congress councillor Pardeep Chhabra said, “It was not the first time that the BJP councillors conducted a mock house. On Wednesday also they did the same as agenda cannot be approved without officers and recording of discussions.”
BJP councillor and deputy mayor Davesh Moudgil said, “It is very unfortunate that such a big fire tragedy took place in the city on June 8 and two lives were lost. Instead of discussing their issues and making firefighting team better, the Congress is indulging in petty politics.”