THE BJP corporators vent anger against their group leader and the BMC chairman at a meeting on Tuesday. Their grouse: the two leaders are ‘hobnobbing’ with Congress Mayor Sunil Sood rather than safeguarding the interests of the party corporators. The meeting was convened to discuss the strategy for the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) council meet on Wednesday.
Some corporators also alleged that Minister for Urban Administration Jayant Malaiya has been indifferent to their problems and sheltering the Mayor.
The fuming corporators alleged that Leader of Opposition Ashok Pandey and BMC chairman Ramdayal Prajapati are working in connivance with the Mayor to further their vested interests. These leaders have nothing to do with the interests of BJP corporators, they alleged.
Senior party corporator Pappu Vilas, supported by others, alleged that these leaders are taking the BJP coprorators for a ride. The party corporators alleged that the Leader of Opposition proved incompetent
so far. They pointed out that it was decided at a meeting with organisation general secretary Kaptan Singh Solanki that the corporators would hold a meeting with the minister in charge and the Minister for Urban Administration within a month. But, the meeting has not been organised so far.
Some corporators said Malaiya did not come out of home when the corporators reached his residence to meet him. The corporators had to return without meeting him after waiting for two and half hours at his residence, they alleged. The corporators alleged that most decisions over the BMC are taken only after the discussions with the mayor and BMC commissioner.
The corporators also expressed their displeasure over empowering the Mayor-in-Council (MiC) for all approvals under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). In such a situation, they said, the BMC council would be of no use.
For his part, Leader of Opposition Ashok Pandey pleaded that the minister and state government officers were not listening to pleas on this issue. Pandey had heated exchanges with a senior corporator Narayan Singh Pal when he stopped the corporators from raising problems. Some corporators said the corporation officers were not clearing files related to developmental works in their wards. The BMC administration is sitting on the files for the past many months, they alleged.