The face-to-face programme of the city Congress and BJP presidents at the Indore press club to put their point of views on the corporation election turned out to be a damp squib as BJP's Kailash Sharma failed to turn up and neither did he send a representative.
Congress city president Pramod Tandon, who turned up, levelled several allegations of incompetence and corruption at the doorstep of the BJP leader of IMC.
Tandon alleged that mayor Krishna Murari Moghe literally slept for five years of his term and none of the works taken up by IMC had been finished on time. All extensions ended in lining the pockets of the BJP, Tandon alleged.
He also said it was only due to the strictures of the courts that the IMC had done some work, like it is doing in the matter of collecting garbage. Tandon said if the Congress comes to power, they would form a separate cell for managing stray cattle.
When asked why the Congress corporators had failed to raise these issues in the IMC all these years, Tandon added that whenever Congressmen raised any issue, the mayor, IMC speaker and other BJP corporators disrupted the proceedings before any meaningful discussion could be held.
When asked why the Congress failed to put up one candidate in the municipal elections, Tandon admitted that he took blame for that as it was a failure of the Congress.
On rebel candidates contesting the elections, Tandon said all those who had been suspended from the party would be taken back only after they served their suspension period. "Our party president Arun Yadav is very clear about this," Tandon said.