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Four councillors protest against own council in Muktsar

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Muktsar, August 27, 2013
First Published: 19:50 IST(27/8/2013) | Last Updated: 19:52 IST(27/8/2013)

The 23-member municipal council is a divided house even as there is no opposition leader within their midst. Of the 23, 15 members are from SAD and eight from the BJP.

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However, such is the state of affairs that SAD councillor from ward number 16, Daleep Singh, threatened to commit suicide in protest against the lack of development in his area. He claimed that council president Mitt Singh Brar had been discriminating against his ward in allocation of funds and resources.

Interestingly, the voice of dissent has been raised as the MC term is about end. As promised, councillor Daleep Singh reached the Masjid Chowk to commit suicide on Tuesday, but preferred to carry out a protest march with his supporters.

Three more SAD councillors Surjit Kaur, Surinder Chinda and Sukhdev Sukkha joined him in the protest.

"I kept on raising the issue of bad roads, streetlights and sewerage problem during all these five years in the house meetings. I was always assured that the funds will be released soon. Nothing was done."

The four councillors then went to the MC office, where president Brar was president, but he refused to meet them and left through a back door.

When contacted, Brar said, "Funds have been granted in all the wards. You can check the record of funds distribution. Allegations of bias are baseless."

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