Govt yet to respond to mayor’s proposal to expel Cong councillor

  • Shaheen P Parshad, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Jun 05, 2015 20:17 IST

Even as the Amritsar municipal corporation House is scheduled to meet on June 10, there is uncertainty over Congress councillor Raj Kanwal Preet Pal Singh Lucky attending the meeting.

Mayor Bakshi Ram Arora had moved a motion to expel Lucky from the House after he placed begging bowls in front of the mayor and commissioner when they had cited lack of fund for the development of the city at the budget meeting on March 30.

The uncertainty prevails as the government, thus far, failed to reply to the MC authorities’ recommendation to expel Lucky.

If Lucky is to be believed, the government, as per rules, is required to reply within 21 days after receiving the recommendation.

“More than 21 days have elapsed, but I have not been informed about my status in the MC House,” he said.

“The government should give it in writing whether or not I could attend the forthcoming House meet. If allowed, I will definitely be there as I am an elected representative,” he said.

According to MC officials, in the past, a proposal was considered approved if the government failed to reply to a proposal/plan within 21 days. However, as per a recent instruction, corporation officials had been directed to wait for a formal declaration by the government regarding its approval or rejection of a project or proposal, they said.

When contacted, the mayor said a proposal for Lucky’s expulsion had been sent to the government soon after the budget session, however, the reply is awaited.

Earlier, even as a proposal was considered approved after 21 days, the government had issued clear instructions to wait until official response, said Arora.

“By the time the government’s reply comes, it’s up to the MC House to decide whether Lucky will attend the meeting or not. It will be decided then and there,” he added.

Sanitation top priority: Mayor

Stating that many important issues are likely to be figured for discussion at the House meeting, Arora said sanitation of the city with the use of state-of-the-art machinery would be top priority.

He said the MC intended to hire a Delhi-based company looking into sanitary aspects of the Rashtrapati Bhawan to clean the city streets.

“The company uses state-of-the-art machinery that will ensure that not even a speck of dust is left behind. Moreover, besides sweeping the city streets, they will also wash the streets at the night,” he said.

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