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Bedlam in Jalandhar MC budget meet as Oppn accuses mayor of graft

Unruly scenes were witnessed in the budget meeting of municipal corporation Jalandhar (MCJ) held here on Friday.

punjab Updated: Apr 01, 2017 14:46 IST
Harvinder Kaur
Jalandhar

Police officials trying to control Congress councillors at municipal corporation in Jalandhar on Friday.(Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo)

Unruly scenes were witnessed in the budget meeting of municipal corporation Jalandhar (MCJ) held here on Friday.

The Congress councillors, with their five newly elected MLAs from Jalandhar, dominated the House throughout the proceedings.

The municipal corporation Jalandhar has fixed a budget of Rs 544-crore for 2017-18 fiscal.

During the meeting, on one side were 24 Congress councillors along with their five newly elected MLAs and on the other side were BJP-SAD combine ’s 28 councillors.

Opposition leader Jagdish Raj arguing with mayor Sunil Jyoti during the annual budget meeting at municipal corporation in Jalandhar on Friday. (Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo)

When the Opposition councillors, who were in majority, started firing strings of corruption charges against mayor Sunil Jyoti, only a few handful of BJP- SAD councillors backed him.

Opposition leader Jagdish Raja, probable face for the next mayoral seat, for the next civic elections left no stone turned in confronting Jyoti on every issue.

During the zero hour session, that went on for more than two hours, Raja charged allegations, of not giving the monthly financial transaction details to MC House even after repeated complaints, against commissioner GS Khehra and Jyoti.

While reading a letter of complaint that he had filed in commissioner office in 2013, Raja said, “As per the account code 1930, MC should give details of the expenditure to House but till now MC under commissioner and mayor have not obliged with our requisite demands.”

Khehra also added that municipal corporation Jalandhar has not been giving the expenditure details of the local government to the MC but directly sending it to the central government.

Jalandhar north MLA Henry Bawa also confronted commissioner on the issue and asked him to suspend the district controller finance and accounts (DCFA) officer.

“If an elected MLA is asking you to mark any inquiry, an administrative official has to do it,” said Bawa Henry.

Bawa then told the MC House that they will not proceed further if the commissioner does not mark inquiry against district controller finance and accounts official.

Khehra left the House midway to write a letter of inquiry against the official concerned.

After a gap of 45 minutes when commissioner presented the copy of inquiry, Congress councillors made another demand to mayor of proving his majority in the House.

Till the filing of this report, opposition councillors were still confronting mayor and commissioner.