INDUSTRIES MINISTER Babulal Gaur took everyone by surprise when he publicly praised Mayor Uma Shashi Sharma for torching posters and banners.
Even assuming that Gaur was unaware that the banners bore the visage of Cabinet colleague and PWD Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya the endorsement could still land him in trouble as burning garbage within City limits is banned by the Supreme Court.
The ministerial remarks came during an address after dedicating the newly built Narayanrao Dharma (Stadium) zone office to the public on Monday. Gaur heaped lavish praise on the Mayor, again unlikely to go down well with Vijayvargiya, describing her as a ‘determined lady who has worked hard to develop Indore’.
Indore is the commercial capital, said the Minister, and added that development here would have a spillover effect on the whole State. He, however, stressed that civic infrastructure, particularly roads, needed to be improved before the City could achieve its potential.
In her turn the Mayor announced that 10 of the 12 zone offices were now housed in new buildings and the remaining two would be completed soon.
Earlier, Gaur declared that manual labourers had played the largest and most important role in nation building but rued that their interests were ignored in the 50-odd years since independence.
The Minister, however, claimed that the BJP was working hard at taking correctional measures. “The State Government has unveiled several policies aimed at benefiting manual labourers including the introduction of health and education services schemes for them and their family members,” declared Gaur while addressing a meeting after inaugurating the Pandit Deendayal Nirman Shramik shed, a shelter for construction site workers.
Mayor Uma Shashi Sharma presided over the programme while MLA Mahendra Hardia was a special invitee. State BJP Mahila Morcha chief Anju Makhija, MiC member Lalit Porwal and corporator Sandeep Shekhawat were also present on the occasion.