Two days before Diwali, when most city residents were busy extending heartiest wishes to each other, the city’s elected representatives were throwing verbal volleys of an entirely different nature at each other. From calling each other rats to belittling each other’s parties, the show that the councillors, including the mayor, put on at the last MC House meeting before the election code of conduct kicks in on November 15, was anything but pleasant.
Sample this: mayor Arun Sood of the BJP told Congress councillor Subhash Chawla, “900 chuhey kha ke billi hajj ko chali (You are playing innocent after having committed so many crimes).” The mayor said this after Chawla told the House that the MC’s claims of bringing 24*7 water supply to the city was false.
Chawla and other Congress councillors raised objections over the project and an Sood accused its councillors of not letting bring extra water to meet the demand of city residents. The water is to be supplied after a water pipeline is laid as part of Phases 5 and 6 of the Kajauli waterworks.
After being compared to a rat, Chawla said, “You are calling us rats, but you are a small rat’.
The mayor, however, was not one to be stopped.
To Congress’ Gurbax Rawat, the mayor said, “Apka seene pe kyon saamp laut rehe hain (Why are you getting heartburns)?”
The Congress councillors demanded an apology from Sood. Chawla said, “You should be ashamed of using such words as rats, and dogs in your position as mayor.”
While the Congress wanted debate on the issue before approving other agenda, an adamant mayor insisted that agenda should be approved first.
“You are saying that this is a unique project and is happening for the first time. However, this is just an extension work as the city is already getting water from first four phases of the waterworks. The pipelines for these phases were laid during the Congress tenure. Also, funding for the first four phases was done by the central government, and now the MC paid Rs 98 crore for this,” the Congress councillors said.
He also questioned the mayor over his statement to the media that an extra 29 million gallons daily (MGD) water will be brought to the city within six months. The MC commissioner clarified it that it was a big project to be completed in a short time.
BJP councillor advises Chawla to do yoga
Reacting to the comment of Congress councillor Sybhash Chawla, where he said, he had a weak heart and should be allowed to speak without any disruption, BJP councillor Asha Jaswal advised him to do yoga. Hitting back, Chawla said, “I will come to your home and take proper advice and lessons on yoga.”
Argument over oath for transparency
As MC commissioner B Purusharta asked councillors to take pledge for “transparency and integrity” to mark the Vigilance Awareness Week, Chawla raised an objection to this and said, first explain us the importance of the day. The commissioner was caught off-guard, “We have not got a circular,” he said and failed to explain the importance. The oath was administered.
Mayor’s Devtaa version ‘punishes’
When former Cong mayor Pardeep Chhabra told the mayor that you are a ‘Devtaa’ and the ‘Devtaa’ listens to everybody and requested that the House must be allowed to debate water supply issue first, before taking up the agenda, mayor Arun Sood said, “Devtaa to dand (punishment) bhi deta hain”. This had everybody burst out in spontaneous laughter.