THE FOUR ‘rebel’ members of the Mayor-in-Council (MiC) of Bhopal Municipal Corporation, who had differed with Mayor Sunil Sood on the issue of deputation of officers to the BMC and charged him with corruption are out of the MiC, officially.
The Mayor has reconstituted the MiC – removing the four members Amir Aqueel, Mohammad Sarwar, Shahid Ali and Munawwar —and making the MiC leaner with only six members.
The six members, who constitute the MiC, are Kailash Mishra, Mohammad Saghir, Mohammad Shamim, Jamal Akhtar, Gulab Yadav and Ganga Bai.
Sood has reconstituted the MiC in accordance with the power vested with him by the Section 37 of the Municipal Act of 1956. Though there had been decision to remove the four rebels out of the MiC, the matter has become official only now with the Mayor coming out with formal order in this respect.
The matter, leading to the decision, came to head on January 18, when the four members walked out of the MiC meeting. The meeting was convened to approve the proposal of demanding officers back on deputation. The members differed with the Mayor on the issue and after walking out hurled allegations of corruption and dictatorial attitude at the Mayor.
The issue also brought in sharp focus the difference between Sood and his one-time supporter MLA Arif Aqueel. The four corporators are known to be confidants of Arif Aqueel.
The four corporators have decided to lodge a complaint about the matter with the Congress organisation. They will lodge the complaint against Sood with PCC general secretary in charge of office Deepchand Yadav. The corporators had earlier lodged complaint with the MiC secretary and the municipal commissioner in this matter too.
BJP MEET DIFFERS ON DEPUTATION: The BJP corporators on Monday differed on the issue of bringing back officials on deputation to the BMC.
While some corporators, including the Leader of Opposition Ashok Pandey were opposed to the idea of getting the officers on deputation, saying that it unnecessarily escalated expenditure on salaries, another group including BMC chairman Ramdayal Prajapati emphasised that senior technical officers are needed at the BMC to handle big projects under the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Jawarharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
Members opposing deputation, included Mukesh Rai, Pappu Vilas and others while those for deputed officers, included Alok Sanjar, Lily Agrawal and Krishnamohan Soni.
However, no decision was taken regarding demand for a special meeting of the BMC council to discuss the issue. It was decided that the matter would be decided within the BJP organisation and would be discussed with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.