Though state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Vijay Sampla on Saturday rejected resignations of 16 party councillors and asked them and mayor Sunil Jyoti to start working, the councillors and the mayor have decided to continue the protest till the party high command held talks with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) to take action against senior deputy mayor Kamaljit Singh Bhatia, who had made derogatory remarks against the mayor.
Mayor Jyoti said, “It is a matter of my self-respect and also of the position of the mayor and the party must ensure action against Bhatia if it wants to end the deadlock. We all have been offended by the derogatory remarks of Bhatia during the finance and contract committee meeting.”
Asked about the direction given by the party high command, the mayor said he was already carrying out his official duties from his camp office.
Sampla had rejected resignations of councillors after getting a report from commerce and industries minister Madan Mohan Mittal, who had held talks with councillors.
After Sampla announced the rejection of resignations, councillors informed him late Saturday evening that they would be continuing their protest till the SAD high command holds a meeting on the issue and takes strict action against Bhatia. Sunil Jyoti has not been attending office since last Monday.
Will talk to deputy mayor: Channi
District SAD president Gurcharan Singh Channi, who is back from trip abroad, said that he would hold a meeting with deputy mayor Arvinder Kaur Oberoi and her husband, who is also a SAD member, and plan further action.
On Monday last, BJP councillors had submitted their resignation to the mayor and eight SAD councilors had given their resignations to deputy mayor Arvinder Kaur Oberoi in the absence of the district unit president. “I had been away for quite some time, so I don’t know details of the issue, but I will soon call the deputy mayor for a meeting and then submit the report to the party high command.”
Meanwhile, Sarabjot Singh Sabi, Doaba president of Youth Akali Dal (YAD), who had held a meeting with eight SAD councilors, who had tendered their resignations, and senior deputy mayor Bhatia, separately on July 22. He had said that their meeting was only to listen to the grievances of the SAD councilors.
Sabi said that the issue of the conflict of BJP and SAD councillors with Bhatia will be taken up with the party high command through the district unit president, who is back in the city.