The conflict among councillors at the municipal corporation Jalandhar (MCJ) seems to have no end with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader and senior deputy mayor, Kamaljit Singh Bhatia, now accusing his own party councillors of supporting mayor Sunil Jyoti for “their vested interest”.
Bhatia on Tuesday said the only reason that ‘some’ of his party members had turned against him was due to their “vested interests”.
After 16 councillors of the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) submitted their resignation to Jyoti and demanded action against Bhatia on Monday, eight SAD councillors resigned late in the evening to deputy mayor Arvinder Kaur Oberoi against Bhatia’s outburst against the mayor.
“I respect all the councillors (both of the BJP and SAD) who have tendered resignations against me as they have been manipulated by the mayor, but there are some who are only doing it for their personal interest,” said Bhatia.
Targeting Arvinder, to whom the SAD councillors had submitted their resignations, Bhatia said the former does not hold any “power of accepting the resignation”. “I am senior to her. She should have consulted me before accepting the resignation letters in absence of the SAD district president,” said Bhatia.
It is learned that the SAD district president, Gurcharan Singh Channi, is in Canada and was not even contacted by his party members.
Bhatia said Arvinder and her husband Kuldeep Singh Oberoi, also a SAD member, is constructing a commercial establishment near Rainik Bazaar, even though the plan was sanctioned for residential building.
“He (Kuldeep Oberoi) with the help of the mayor is continuing illegal construction in the city,” Bhatia added.
Bhatia has now threatened to hold dharma at Oberoi’s ward, if the MC officials fail to take action against the illegal construction.
Along with deputy mayor, Bhatia also targeted SAD councillor Pritam and Raminder Kaur Dhindsa’s husband Iqbal Singh Dhindsa.
While Bhatia accused Dhindsa of carrying out illegal construction in Viraasat Haveli, he accused Pritam of making shallow promises.
Bhatia takes over MC work in mayor’s absence
As mayor Sunil Jyoti had announced not to attend the municipal corporation office or use his official vehicle as a protest against senior deputy mayor Kamaljit Singh Bhatia, on Monday, the latter has taken over the charge of looking over the works going on in the city.
Bhatia, who is usually not regular in the MC office and is only available during house meeting or finance and contracts committee meeting (F&CC), from Tuesday onwards will solve civic issues, with water logging in the city on priority.
“I am not like Jyoti who leaves his official duties over one issue. Development works should not suffer due to the conflicts among of the leaders,” said Bhatia, adding that since rain had become a ‘terror’ for the city, especially the low lying areas including his wards, his first priority is to find a solution of water logging with the help of technical experts.
“I have talked with municipal commissioner GS Khaira and have requested him to arrange meeting with deputy commissioner and environmentalist Balbir Singh Seechewal to find a solution to the matter.
While Bhatia carried out the work from the MC office, Jyoti worked from camp office (mayor’s official residence). “Though the day’s work was less than that in the MC office, but I did carry out my regular official task,” said Jyoti.
City industrialists demand mayor’s resignation
Jalandhar: The city industrialists, under the banner of Federation of Jalandhar Industry and Traders Association, have demanded resignation of municipal corporation Jalandhar mayor Sunil Jyoti, who is currently attending MC and carrying out his official duties from his camp office.
At a press conference, the industrialists said as the mayor has failed to live up to the expectations of the people, he should resign from his post.
Gursharan Singh, president of the joint action traders and industrial committee, said, “Jyoti does not have the skill to run the office and always behaves rudely with the people who approach him for any kind of work.”
The federation said they will soon approach the higher command and demand action against Jyoti.