The general body meeting of Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) was interspersed with high drama on Tuesday as Opposition councillors wearing black T-shirts sloganeered against the administration while an independent councillor in innerwear joined the protest.
Sanitation workers sat on a dharna outside JMC’s office to protest against inadequate waste management in the city. “There is widespread corruption (in JMC) because officials and councillors of the ruling party are involved in it. None of the projects ever materialise and sewage and solid waste management system is in a very sorry state. Everyday, animals die at the Gaushala,” said Congress councillor Umar Daraz.
As mayor Nirmal Nahata arrived, Congress councillors started chanting slogans against him. “It is against the decorum of the house to wear such T-shirts and the Congress is deliberately trying to create ruckus in the meeting. Unless the councillors take off the T-shirts, the discussions on the agendas couldn’t be started,” said Nahata.
Meanwhile, independent councillor Sushil Sharma entered the meeting wearing only a vest and an underwear, protesting against corruption.
The ruckus brought out issues such as the indefinite strike of contractors supposed to maintain streetlights in Jaipur. “There are around 200 workers and 28 contractors who haven’t been paid their dues for the last seven months. We have decided that we won’t work till the payment, around Rs 12 crore, is cleared. Most of the streetlights in Jaipur need to be manually switched on and a large part of the city will remain dark because of the strike,” said Abhijit Chakrabarti, general secretary, Electrical Contractors Association.
After repeated adjournments, BJP councillors agreed to discuss pending agendas for the sake of the public, thereby starting proceedings of the meeting after lunch.
Issues discussed included proposals for purchase of fodder for animals at Hingonia Gaushala, tenders for maintenance of motor garage and extension of contract of a private construction company. However, the House was adjourned again on the issue of extending the contract of the construction company.