With infighting coming to the fore, it seems Congress councillor Mukesh Bassi from ward number 17 has opened front against its own mayor Subhash Chawla.
A day after writing a letter to the mayor, asking him not to interfere in his ward and directing him to mind his own business, Bassi on Thursday visited the mayor's ward number 5 and listened to the problems of residents, who were deprived of basic amenities. He assured them that all their problems would be solved.
For the first time in the history of Chandigarh municipal corporation two councillors from the same party are confronting each other.
The infighting came to the fore on Tuesday when Chawla visited Bassi's ward without informing him and made some announcements. Bassi got infuriated over the incident and shot off a letter to Chawla, asking him to stay away from his ward as it sent a wrong signal to the residents of his ward. He also wrote that it would be better, if the mayor concentrated on his own ward, which was crying for attention.
Bassi also alleged that the mayor was making a separate group in each ward against local member Parliament (MP) Pawan Kumar Bansal.
Speaking to HT, Bassi said, “Following numerous complaints of the residents of ward number 5, I visited a few places on Thursday to chalk out a programme for further visits. I have decided to visit Sector 25 and Dhanas village in ward number 5 on June 29 as the residents of that area are deprived of civic amenities such as poor sanitation, broken roads, blocked sewerage problems, leading to the threat of any epidemic.”
When contacted, Chawla said, “I am happy that a Congress councillor is helping my ward in solving their problems. I welcome all councillors also, including BJP, to help me in solving the problems of my ward.”