The Akali and BJP municipal councillors fighting against the alleged biased working of the mayor here have themselves got divided as five of BJP and majority of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) councillors have accused senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor of harming the alliance.
Siding with the SAD councillors, five of the BJP councilors have signed a letter, addressed to deputy chief minister and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal and state BJP president Kamal Sharma alleging that senior deputy mayor Tarsem Chand Goyal and deputy mayor Gorinderpal Kaur Mangat have bypassed the party discipline and also violated the coalition dharma.
Out of a total 35 signatories, the letter has been signed by 19 SAD councillors except mayor Balwant Rai Nath and former mayor Baljeet Singh Beerbehman and 11 independents.
BJP councillor Pankaj Arora, who has signed the letter, said that instead of issuing statements in public damaging the alliance image, both Tarsem Chand and Mangat should have worked for resolving the matter mutually.
Meanwhile, president of the BJP (urban) unit Parminder Goyal said that a meeting of all the BJP councillors would be held on July 17 in the presence of state BJP general secretary Jagtar Singh Saini to discuss the matter. He said that BJP councillors shouldn't have signed the letter and the matter should have been discussed within the party.
However, Tarsem Chand blamed Parminder for having got signed the letter from BJP councillors. He said that he and Mangat have apprised the party state leadership about the issue and they would act as per the instructions.
Tarsem Chand and Mangat have accused mayor Balwant Rai Nath of ignoring BJP councillors and their wards and working after consulting those who had contested against BJP candidates in the MCB polls.
Importantly, Tarsem Chand, Mangat and another BJP councillor Anjana Rani had blamed the mayor for deliberately ignoring the wards represented by BJP councillors. Rani had broken down before the mayor in a house meeting last month while narrating her woes while Mangat had locked her office and removed the nameplate from outside her office as a mark of protest last week. The mayor said that he had been taking all the councilors in confidence in the decision-making process.