In less than a year after the new house was formed, there are already signs of instability in the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) as nine councillors have waged an open war against the mayor for allegedly getting a resolution passed in favour of a private developer.
Passed on April 25, the resolution allowed sale of 3,029 square yard of prime land in Sector 54 to a private developer against an earlier decision of leasing it out for nine years. Moreover, the land was sold at throwaway prices.
Taking advantage of the divide, opposition parties like the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and BJP have jumped into the fray. The INLD has demanded ‘white paper on the land deal’ issue from the MCG.
Though mayor Vimal Yadav remained unavailable for comments, MCG commissioner Sudhir Rajpal said he was not directly concerned with the issue. He said the issue was taken up in a house meeting and a resolution was passed with majority votes. The resolution was passed with 17 votes while 13 votes were against it. Led by Mahesh Dayma, in whose ward the land falls, nine councillors have raised the issue. They have questioned the need to sell the land to private developers when MCG has over Rs 1,000 crore in its kitty and gets whopping regular income from varied sources.
Dayma alleged that the mayor was trying to “please” the firm by passing the resolution for “reasons best known to him”.
The councillors have demanded an investigation against the mayor. The councillors allege the resolution was passed even as other issues in the scheduled agenda were “not even discussed”.
“Why was the mayor only emphasising on the land deal? If the firm had demanded land on lease for nine years, then why was it sold? Is the MCG short of money,” asked an angry Dayma.
“We are in the process of devising a strategy to deal with the situation. The resolution is full of confusion and people are being misled. We will ask the state government to address the issue. There are many councillors who are extending their support to us,” Dayma added.
“A decision related to a land deal should be taken only after holding discussions with the locals whose life gets affected by the decision,” he added.