The leader of opposition in the Indore municipal body on Wednesday threatened to move court against the city mayor and ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for not convening regular meetings of the house to discuss issues crippling residents.
The Congress’s leader of opposition, Fauziya Alim, said according to the Madhya Pradesh Municipal Corporation Act 1956, the Corporation shall meet at least once in every two months and every committee shall meet at least once a month for transaction of its business.
She alleged that mayor Malini Gaud has been violating rules repeatedly as only three meetings have been held ever since she has assumed office in February 2015.
“Two meetings were held for the two budget sessions and one meeting was held for discussing the Smart City Project. The last meeting, when the entire house was present, was the budget meeting of 2016-17, which was held in July this year. More than two months have passed and the mayor has not called a meeting,” Alim said.
The opposition has been demanding to convene regular meetings of the house and had written several letters to the speaker and the divisional commissioner to comply with the rules, but to no avail. Alim said, “We had received assurances from the speaker but no action had been taken.”
IMC speaker Ajay Singh Naruka has been putting the responsibility of meetings on Gaud saying he has not received any agenda of meeting from the mayor. Naruka said, “As soon as I get the agenda, I will call for a meeting.”
Alim alleged that they were unable to raise major issues like cleanliness, condition of roads, improper sewerage and lack of water supply because the meetings were not held timely. “The mayor is irregular in the office and is disconnected with the people,” she said. Gaud also attracted criticism over her work ethics from her own party leaders, after which she had been carrying out ward visits.