10 months on, residents awaiting their ward councillor

  • Parampreet Singh Narula, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: May 03, 2014 20:03 IST

Residents of ward number 49 are waiting for their councillor for about 10 months after Congress' Sharwan Grover who represented their area died in July last year.

Much time has lapsed since but the state election commission has failed to conduct by-elections so far as a result of which residents are facing problems.

As per the rulebook, a seat has to be filled within six months of falling vacant.

The official website of the Municipal Corporation of Jalandhar still shows the name of the deceased concillors in the list of the present councillors.

Residents say they were expecting the election officials to conduct the bypoll within six months after the seat fell vacant but now it seemed that it would take place only after the Lok Sabha elections results were out.

There is no one whom they can share their grievances with who in turn will raise the issues concerning them in the MC House.

Residents of the ward also face problem getting documents verified by the area councillor.

They have also been complaining about the poor condition of roads in the ward.

Congress councillor and leader of opposition in MC House Jagdish Raj said it was clearly mentioned in the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act, 1976, that after the death of a councillor the seat has to be filled within six months by conducting bypoll.

"The ruling party will never conduct an election since they know people will support a Congress candidate in this ward," he said.

Mayor Sunil Jyoti said, "We have notified the local bodies department about the councillor's death. We even reminded them twice about this."

"They might conduct the bypoll once the Lok Sabha elections results are out," he added.

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