Teej celebrations:Brouhaha as Harjinder refutes allegations

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Sep 26, 2014 11:19 IST

Nearly a month after Congress councillor Gurbax Rawat alleged that illegal bids were opened for Teej celebrations, former mayor Harjinder Kaur has claimed that she was unnecessarily dragged into the controversy in her absence during the last House meeting held in August.

Rawat, who was chairperson of the Teej celebrations organising committee, had questioned mayor Harphool Chander Kalyan, why Kaur, who was member of the committee,opened the highest bid of rs 1.35 lakh, when the lowest bid was of rs1.20 lakh, that too without keeping her in the loop.

On Thursday, Kaur said, "It is unfortunate that false and baseless allegations were leveled against me in my absence.I had no role to play in the Teej celebrations and have even demanded a vigilance inquiry into the same." Her statement led to uproar in the House with both Congress and opposition councillors levelling allegations at each other over the issue.

BJP councillors even lashed out at the mayor for not taking a decision. High drama continued for nearly an hour, following which MC commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh removed the matter from the minutes of the meeting. Teej celebrations, which were to be held on August 3, were postponed as opposition was demanding ruling Congress to invite member of Parliament Kirron Kher as chief guest. But their demand was declined. The festival was later celebrated on August 9 where many BJP councillors were not present.

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