MAYOR SUNIL Sood is likely to face tough times ahead, as the mayor-in-council (MiC) members today alleged that the officials were ignoring them. The MiC members, belonging to the camp of Bhopal North MLA Arif Aqueel, even threatened to stage a dharna against the BMC administration.
This happened in an MiC meeting convened to discuss some important issues including developmental works. Aqueel and Sood are not on good terms from the past some months.
The MiC members, including Amir Aqueel, brother of Arif Aqueel, Shahid Ali and Munawwar Ali, alleged that only the works directed by the Mayor are being carried out. They also said that they are finding it hard to meet the officials, including the BMC Commissioner. They also said that the BMC Commissioner should attend the MiC meets.
The MiC members expressed resentment over the fact that the files of their respective departments are not being forwarded through them. Almost all other MiC members supported these allegations. Munawwar Ali even said that the MiC members should staged a dharna against the officials.
The Mayor, however, clarified that the presence of the BMC Commissioner is not imperative in the MiC meetings as per the municipal laws. Sood told the members that they themselves should look into the files instead of blaming others.
Another Aqueel camp member Mohammed Sarwar alleged that while the vehicles of the MiC members were withdrawn, the ineligible officials are enjoying this facility. He demanded the Mayor to summon the files related to the vehicles, bulldozers and Poclain machines hired during the recent floods in the City.
Sood, however, said that he already had examined the related files and these works were carried out according to rules. MiC member Mohammed Saghir raised objections that he has no information about the development of 100 bus stops in the City. The MiC members should be given information about the issues so that they could discuss them. Ghisalal Yadav, husband of an MiC member Gulab Yadav, also complained about some officials.