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Advisory council meet: At loggerheads with Patil, BJP leaders stage walkout

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, June 20, 2014
First Published: 09:16 IST(20/6/2014) | Last Updated: 09:22 IST(20/6/2014)

High drama was witnessed at the administrator’s advisory council (AAC) meeting after the leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) staged a walkout against the Chandigarh administration’s decision of holding the meeting without consulting local member of Parliament Kirron Kher.The MP had requested the administration to schedule the meeting after June 27 as she was busy with her prior commitments. The meeting of AAC was held after a gap of 20 months at UT Guest House on Thursday to discuss Master Plan-2031 of the city.

Unhappy with the administration’s decision, former MP Satya Pal Jain, local BJP head Sanjay Tandon and district (rural) president Bhajan Singh Maru stormed out of the meeting.

The drama unfolded 20 minutes after the meeting started at 11am when Jain asked UT administrator Shivraj Patil to postpone the meeting as Kirron was not taken in loop before scheduling the meeting.

The BJP leaders indulged in a heated debate with Patil after he allegedly told them that Kirron was just an MP and an ordinary member of the council and he did not need to take her consent before convening the meeting.

Taking strong objection, Jain confronted the administrator with an argument that the MP was second in stratum of protocol. Jain alleged that Patil said he would not consult her in future as well before scheduling the meeting of AAC.

BJP CONDEMNS ADMN’S ATTITUDE

The BJP leaders called for a need to change in the attitude of the administration and the administrator. While talking to mediapersons, Jain questioned that how the administration can ignore elected representative of people for such an important issue. The meeting was first scheduled to be held on June 16 and was later re-scheduled to June 19.

“The administration could have easily scheduled the meeting when the MP was available as there is no urgency in completing the process of master plan,” said Jain. He further stated that the administration and the administrator should know that the city cannot be governed efficiently by sitting in AC rooms.

BJP TO LODGE PLAINT

The BJP leaders said it was the Congress MP, who did not speak against the arrogance of the administration and the administrator in past, but the BJP would fight against such attitude.

While criticising the authorities, Tandon said such behaviour was unacceptable and they would write to home minister Rajnath Singh.

ADMN TO HOLD ANOTHER MEET ON JUNE 30

To put an end to the controversy, the UT had decided to hold another meeting of the AAC to discuss the master plan.Without naming anyone, Patil said anyone who could not attend the meeting could take part in the second meeting scheduled for June 30. Out of total 34 members, six were not present in the meeting.

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