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Left out of tour, councillors call mayor a dictator, stage walkout

chandigarh Updated: Jun 24, 2015 11:03 IST
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Accusing the city mayor of following a pick-and-choose policy for taking 10 councillors to an upcoming three-day training workshop at Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu, the left-out councillors said she had acted as a dictator.
The 25 councillors, who were not included in the list, wanted to know the selection procedure for the tour, which will cost the civic body `7 lakh.

Although mayor Poonam Sharma tried to pacify them, three councillors of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) alliance — Heera Negi, Satish Kainth and Hardeep Singh — staged a walkout.

BJP councillor Satish Kainth questioned the criteria followed by the mayor in choosing the councillors.
“Are we not capable of attending the conference?”he said.

Another BJP councillor, Sat Prakash Aggarwal, said: “I, too, wished to attend the conference, but the mayor did not include my name in the list.”

The councillors also questioned the expenditure. They said a delegation of two to three councillors would have been enough to understand the subject.

BJP councillor Satinder Singh, meanwhile, said it was shameful that the MC was again sending a delegation on a study tour. “They have already wasted more than `2 crore on such tours. They should have placed the agenda in the House meeting for approval. It seems that it was a secret plan of the mayor to send her favourites on a tour,”he said.

The delegation will leave for the workshop ‘Urban Development: A Strategy Relooks’ on June 25.