Sat Parkash Aggarwal, who has switched political loyalties from the BJP to the Congress to now again with the BJP, has nothing much to write home about his performance in House meetings.
He did raise the issue of the shifting of the garbage dump in his ward, but the issue was not resolved.
The first-time councillor, who won on a Congress ticket but is now with the BJP, is also a well-off businessman. He owns a detergent factory in Parwanoo (Himachal Pradesh).
He played a major part in getting water and sewer pipes shifted outside the houses in the area that cost Rs 11 crore.
He left the Congress and joined the BJP in 2014. This was after the Congress did not support his bid for election as the city’s senior deputy mayor.
Aggarwal, who has also been in the wholesale business at the grain market for 40 years, was always inclined towards the RSS and remained a card-carrying BJP member till 2004, when he joined the Congress.
He held the post of the chairman of the Trader Cell of the Congress before the 2014 fall-out had him joining the BJP again. Aggarwal is now the state vice–president of the Chandigarh BJP.
Hailing from Haryana, the trader is at pains to recount some of his achievements.
In these, he includes the setting up of an e-sampark centre, the construction of a sports stadium in Dadu Majra, improving the maintenance of green belts and getting paver blocks installed in the area.
“I delivered more than former area councillor Kamlesh,” he claims, adding that he frequently held meetings in the ward.
Residents, however, say that Aggarwal remained aloof and could not make any major difference to their lives. His failure to stop the dumping of garbage in their midst still rankles residents, as there are major negative health consequences to living beside a dump.
“Sanitation in non-existent and during the monsoon, water-logging is a major problem,” a resident said.
Residents said though sewage and water pipes had been shifted outside houses, the problem of overflowing sewage had persisted as pipes had not been fitted correctly.
Tomorrow: Ward 7 Poonam Sharma