Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday said the state government is in no mood of moving the Supreme Court against the decision of the Punjab and Haryana high court that has quashed the state government's notification over reserving the mayor's post for women.
While interacting with mediapersons during the inauguration of mechanised cleaning system in SAS Nagar, he said, "It is enough now. We will go with the directions of the HC to conduct the elections within 15 days. The city will soon get a smart mayor, who will be from Akali Dal-BJP."
On being asked how they will get the magic number of 26 as they have only 23 councillors, he said some councillors can join Akali Dal. But he evaded question on Kulwant Singh, who is a leading member of Azad group that comprises 10 independent councillors.
Don't worry about finances, deputy CM tells councillors
Badal told the councillors of both the Akali Dal and the BJP not to worry about the finances for SAS Nagar as the state government will make it one of the model cities of the state. He told them to work for development and elect their mayor.
Councillors of other parties not invited
Kulwant is a strong contender for the mayor's post and the Congress had already decided to support Kulwant group. Speaking to HT, Kulwant said, "It is unfortunate that the district administration has not invited councillors of other parties for such an event in the city."
Congress councillor Kuljeet Singh Bedi said, "It is humiliating for an elected councillor of both the Congress and Azad group as they were not invited for the MC function. The MC commissioner has acted as a dictator by only inviting the Akali Dal and the BJP councillors."
People forced to wait for four hours at MC office
Strong resentment prevailed among the visitors at the municipal corporation office at Sector 68 as no public work was done in the office due to the visit of the deputy CM. High security was deployed till 1pm in the office and people from far off places were forced to wait for around four hours to get their work done.