The difference between Jalandhar municipal corporation (MC) and municipal councillor Joginder Singh tony once again came to the fore when the BJP councilor stopped MC official Vikrant Verma from removing the illegal encroachment outside the New Red Cross market here today.
As per the information, when Vikrant Verma, superintendent, Teh Bazari municipal corporation, along with his team reached outside the New Red Cross market, where many vendors carry out their business predominantly on Sunday, they had to face the wrath of the people, including its ward councillor Joginder Singh Tony, who is from the BJP.
As informed by the MC officials, there were around 200 people, including the shopkeepers and illegal vendors in the area. As soon as the MC officials reached there around 7:30 am, these people sat on dharna and started raising slogans against mayor Sunil Jyoti and the municipal corporation officials.
The whole operation was being carried out under the jurisdiction of joint commissioner municipal corporation Rajiv Verma, who later reached at the spot and talked to the protestors.
Vikrant Verma, who went there with his team said, "Our joint commissioner had been receiving complaints of illegal encroachment in that area from a very long time and under his orders, we went to remove the illegal vendors. But the councillor along with other people started raising slogans against the MC authorities."
"Later, the joint commissioner reached the spot and talked to the protesters. We had to return without taking any action against the vendors," he added.
Meanwhile, Joginder Singh Tony, area councillor, said, "The MC officials are resorting to 'pick and choose' policy. They are harassing the poor people and minting money from them. People in this area are already paying money to the corporation. Before targeting the poor people, they should provide them alternative places to carry out their business."
Demands resignation of Teh Bazari superintendent
Meanwhile, Joginder Singh Tony has demanded the resignation of Vikrant Verma. He alleged that the superintendent was minting money from the innocent vendors and the shopkeepers. "Nothing from the collected money goes to the municipal corporation. He is biased towards certain colonies. Ask him, why he is not taking action against Puli Ali Bazaar in GT road where illegal parking and vendors are common affair," he said.
Puli Ali Bazaar in GT road comes under MC opposition leader Jagdish Raja's ward. Raja said, "If anything like this is a happening in my area, I will give my full support to MC officials."
It is pertinent to be mentioned that a segment of the population believes Joginder Singh Tony himself had a big hand behind illegal vendors' mafia running in the city.
Rajiv Verma could not be contacted for the comment.