THE Arif Aqueel camp followers seem to have slowed down in their campaign against Mayor Sunil Sood. Union Minister Suresh Pachauri’s intervention is said to have brought about change in the stance of Aqueel supporters. They had stepped up their campaign against Sood after he had removed four corporators from the mayor-in-council (MiC) this month.
The cold war between Aqueel and Sood began after six months of mayoral elections on issues related to the developmental works in old city.
The removed MiC members said they would take up the issue of irregularities in the functioning of the MiC with the divisional commissioner.
However, they did nothing of the sort even after two weeks of action against them. Now, the Arif camp corporators say they would raise the issue.
Corporator and former MiC member Amir Aqueel says they are waiting for the Pradesh Congress Committee’s (PCC) decision on their memorandum against the Mayor’s style of functioning. “We are waiting for the appointment of observers as promised by the PCC leaders. We will tell our problems to this observer,” said Amir.
In the memorandum to the PCC, Aqueel supporters said Sood ignored the Congress leaders and their supporters in the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) programmes.
They allege that Sood has been functioning at the behest of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders. One of the removed MiC members, Mohammed Sarwar, had gone to the extent of saying Sood should join the BJP.
Sources, however, said the Aqueel camp corporators would continue targeting the BMC administration instead of direct attack on the Mayor.