The 28th Annual Chrysanthemum Show thrown open to public on Saturday saw majority of councillors staying away from the event, be it from the ruling or opposition parties.
The three-day show was inaugurated by an elected representative, Member of Parliament Kirron Kher, for the first time in the past decade. Even though it was an event organised by the corporation, only four councillors turned up for the event.
All these councillors — Saurabh Joshi, Desraj Gupta, Satinder Singh and Rajesh Gupta — are from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has 13 councillors in MC House.
Even though factionalism within the party is being quoted as the reason behind majority of the BJP councillors skipping the event, BJP councillors claimed they all could not make it as they were busy in some party function held on Saturday afternoon.
Of the nine Congress councillors, eight chose to miss the show. Only mayor HC Kalyan from the Congress was present. Even the nine nominated councillors gave it a slip. The Congress councillors stated they did not turn up for the show as they were not given due respect at the function and were generally ignored by officials.
While a section of Congress councillors said mayor HC Kalyan did not involve them in the preparations and did not even consult them before inviting MP for inaugurating the show.
The show was also postponed this time by a day. As a practice, the show was held during the weekend and used to end by Sunday evening. This time, it was inaugurated on Saturday due to the busy schedule of the MP.
Even though a woman MP inaugurated the show, not a single female elected or nominated councillor turned up. There are 13 women councillors, including three nominated councillors.
256 varieties on display
A bright warm Saturday morning marked the beginning of the 28th Annual Chrysanthemum Show at the Terraced Garden, Sector 33. It is being organised by the horticulture department of municipal corporation.
“The show this year has around 256 varieties and record breaking entries at 1,100 as compared to 734 last year,” said Mukesh Anand, chief engineer, MC.
Apart from regular display of flowers, topiaries in animal shapes have been erected. Various cultural programmes were also performed during the event.