Even though it was just the fourth meeting of newly elected councillors of municipal corporation, most of them were found cracking jokes, taking jibes and busy on their mobile phones even during discussions on serious issues.
Though city mayor Asha Kumari Jaswal directed them not to talk among themselves, they did not stop.
When Congress councillor Gurbax Rawat tried to give a suggestion on tertiary-treated water, the mayor kept telling her to wait. As Rawat insisted, SAD councillor Hardeep Singh commented, “Mayor madam, kuch de hi rehe ne, le lo” (she is giving something, please take it).
Finally, when Rawat was allowed to speak, former mayor and BJP councillor Raj Bala Malik, who was busy in a chit-chat with her neighbours, like many others, chuckled, “Mayor, she was to speak two lines, but she spoke 15,” and the meeting hall erupted in laughter.
BJP councillors Jagtar Singh, Ravi Kant, Satish Kainth, Davesh Moudgil, Chanderwati Shukla, nominated councillors Shipra Bansal and Sat Parkash Aggarwal remained busy on their phones most of the time.
Feeling sorry for such a behaviour of councillors, nominated councillor Dr Jyotsna Wig said, “Whenever nominated councillors speak on any issue, all BJP councillors choose not to listen and get busy chatting among themselves.”
While Congress councillor Devinder Singh Babla seconded Wig’s statement with a taunt to BJP councillors, BJP councillor Ravi Kant said, “In every meeting, you level allegations on us and it is not acceptable. We too take part in the meeting discussions.”
Meanwhile, the mayor also took a jibe at Babla, saying he did not even thank her for bringing his agenda in the House. Such a meeting took place on Friday and cost the public ₹1.5 lakh.