Councillors cut loose at Chandigarh MC House meet

  • Hillary Victor, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 31, 2016 12:14 IST
This is not the first time that the incidents of manhandling, name-calling or slapping have been witnessed in the well of the House. (Keshav Singh/HT Photo)

Tempers ran high during the municipal corporation House meeting on Monday as nominated councillor and Panjab University senate member Aruna Goel threatened to slap former UT mayor Subhash Chawla, who retaliated by warning to break her hands.

Day’s drama started when Congress councillors tore the copies of minutes when Sood did not allow them to speak over the amendments in the minutes of the last month’s House meet.

Even Chawla tried to snatch the copy of the agenda from the mayor. When nominated councillor and former professor, department of Sanskrit, PU, Aruna Goel tried to intervene, Chawla snubbed her by asking “who are you?”.

Later, nominated councillor MP Kohli demanded an apology from the Congress councillor over the remark, but Chawla said, “We are elected councillors. I have an experience of 40 years in politics and we are not like nominated councillors.” On this, Aruna went to Chawla and threatened him to slap if he repeats this. Chawla retaliated and said, “How dare you threaten me to slap? I will break your hands.”

Councillors intervened and pulled each other back.

The congress councillors then demanded Sood’s resignation over BJP councillor Satish Kainth, who is involved in a property grab case. “Sood had said if Kainth is held guilty, he will give his resignation. The court has even cancelled his bail application. The police are conducting raids to arrest him, but he has not been arrested to date as he is getting the patronage of BJP leaders,” they added.

Not paying heed to their protest, Sood asked the secretary to read out the agenda, but Chawla lost cool and tried to snatch the agenda copy from the mayor’s table. Threatening Chawla, the mayor said he will get a police case registered against him. On this, the Congress councillors banged the table of the mayor.


This is not the first time that the incidents of manhandling, name-calling or slapping have been witnessed in the well of the House.

August 2015

Pardeep Chhabra (HT Photo)

Former mayors Pardeep Chhabra, (in picture) Subhash Chawla and BJP councillor Davesh Moudgil manhandled with each other over showing banners in the House in protest against imposition of house tax.

May 24, 2015

Saurabh Joshi (HT Photo)

BJP councillor Saurabh Joshi (in picture) brought a beer can in the MC house meeting. The councillor wanted to bring home his point against serving of liquor at community centres during functions.

June 25, 2014

Satish Kainth (HT Photo)

Former Congress councillors (now in BJP) Satish Kainth (in picture) and Darshan Garg and their supporters locked MC chief engineer Mukesh Anand and other officials in his room for nearly 30 minutes and raised slogans against him for not carrying out development work in their respective areas. Leaving no chance, the BJP councillors made senior deputy mayor Heera Negi sit on the mayor’s chair to begin the House proceedings.

August 8, 2013

Jannat Jahan (HT Photo)

BSP councillor Jannat Jahan (in picture) used derogatory words while underlining her disgust with the civic body’s functioning inviting criticism from all quarters. November 29, 2013 Jannat Jahan also abused former deputy mayor Satish Kainth and former MP Pawan Kumar Bansal for nearly 30 minutes in the house meeting. Other representatives were not far behind as they too used derogatory language, including bakwaas (nonsense), aukat (social standing), chor (thief) and dharam ke thekedar (guardian of faith) used and abused with ease by the councillors at their rivals.

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