The delimitation procedures adopted by the officials of the Pathankot municipal corporation (MC) have come in for flak and a large number of objections, including those from the Congress, have surfaced against the entire process.
While as many as 16 objections have come in the form of representations to MC's joint commissioner Amit Mahajan, a delegation of senior Congress leaders called on him personally to register their protest.
The Congress delegation, led by former state minister Raman Bhalla, former MLA Ashok Sharma and former nagar council president Anil Vij, which met Mahajan here, have also written a letter to the state local bodies director about the shortcomings in the delimitation procedures, which, it said, would not only have an adverse effect on the party in the coming civic body polls, but also on the local residents in general.
The joint commissioner, who tried to convince the Congress delegates over the issue in vain, later assured them that he would forward their objections, along with the 16 others received by him, to higher officials who had designed the delimitation process.
Raman Bhalla claimed that in a set of objections, they have taken exception to the inclusion of BJP's mandal president Anil Rampal in the delimitation board which otherwise has the local body and administrative officials.
"While a BJP leader has been included, the Congress, which was holding the top post in the Pathankot council, now a corporation, was ignored and none of its leaders has been included in the board," he said.
"The inclusion of BJP's mandal president is being challenged by us, as a notification to name one member was issued by the state government on August 6 and an amendment was made a week after to include two more members," he pointed out.
"They have designed the delimitation procedures, especially to meet their interests as the proposed delimitation of wards would become a challenge even for the residents, as these would lose their contiguity," he claimed.
"The Congress considers it illegal, unconstitutional, politically-motivated and not in the public interests. The proposed delimitation would help only the ruling party," Anil Vij added.
Meanwhile, joint commissioner Mahajan told HT that like the other objections he would pass the Congress objections to higher officials. "Today was the last day to file objections, we will not accept any more objections".