The issue of regularisation of illegal buildings has escalated to a major controversy between mayor Sunil Jyoti and senior deputy mayor Kamaljeet Singh Bhatia.
Sources in the MC told Hindustan Times that since the regularisation process involves large amount of money and heavy political pressures, both BJP and SAD sides often accuse each other of extending undue favours to their ‘near and dear ones’.
Bhatia has often accused Jyoti of regularising buildings owned by people close to the BJP and RSS quarters whereas the mayor has also hit back repeatedly at Bhatia that even his recommendations in regularising the buildings is paid equal attention.
When Bhatia hurled allegations of Jyoti being a ‘drug addict’, during the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) meet on Friday, sources said the mayor instantly hit back at Bhatia saying that he (Bhatia) has accepted `2 lakh for regularising a person’s building.
“It is not a political fight. It is a fight involving money for regularisation of illegal buildings. Both sides are involved in promoting illegal buildings and are now calling each other names.,” said a senior BJP leader on the condition of anonymity.
Both Bhatia and Jyoti have rejected allegations of the other that minting money was the root cause of their fights. “You may ask Bhatia better,” said the mayor.
Meanwhile, the mayor said he was having no idea that the party councillors have planned a strategy to submit their resignation.
“I was just getting ready for the F&CC meeting when my party councillors called me for a meet before going to my office. They conveyed me that Bhatia’s remarks against me were tarnishing the image of the party and is also violation of the coalition dharma. I have forwarded the resignation to district BJP chief Ramesh Sharma,” said Jyoti.
Three BJP councillors don’t resign
Though 16 councillors out of total 20 (including mayor) of the BJP in 60-member house of the MCJ resigned, three BJP councillors didn’t submit their resignation. These include Ravi Mahendru, Ram Gopal Gupta and Kishan Kochar (all political opponents of the mayor). They all said that they did not resign as they have not received any orders from the high command.
“Bhatia’s move to use unparliamentarily language against the mayor is condemnable. But we didn’t resign as there are no orders from the party high-ups,” said Mahendru.
Mayor to boycott office
Jalandhar: In protest against Bhatia, mayor Sunil Jyoti also announced that he will neither attend his office nor use his official car till an action is ensured against Bhatia.
“Even I have a limit to bear any negative agenda aimed to malign my image. It’s height now. I have told my party that I cannot bear more as I also have a social life. Till no action is initiated against Bhatia, I will not go to the MC office. But to ensure that there is no public harassment, I will keep on working from my camp office,” he said.
Projects that will suffer
* Hiring sweeping machine for cleaning main roads of the city at the cost of `30 crore.
* Basti Bawa Khel 4-lane in limbo for over two years
* Action against 25 illegal buildings listed by senior deputy mayor
* Poor sewage due to which many areas remains flooded during monsoon.
* No action against 116 hospitals indentified for violating building bylaws
* Delay in the constrctuion of dog pound