A core group of Congress party's local councillors will meet on Saturday to discuss the Jalandhar municipal council's alleged inaction against an illegal marriage palace in Shiv Nagar locality. Sources said the party was likely to intensify its stir against the illegal structure after the meeting.
Congress councillor from the ward number 409, where the alleged structure stands, Pardeep Singh Rai, said: “We will meet joint commissioner Anupam Kler on Monday. She had sought a week's time for investigations after we raised the issue."
He added that if there was no demoiltion of the structure, memorandums would be submitted to corporation commissioner, the and police commissioner. " We will also protest peacefully at the Workshop Chowk to mark our protest."
Opposition leader in the house Congress councillor Jagdish Raj said, “We will not allow the MC to adopt double standards on the issue of illegal construction. If the corporation can demolish construction in other parts of the city, then why it is not taking any action on this.”
“The marriage palace follows no building bylaws. Its plans are not approved and it has not even paid the fee prescribed for running a marriage place," said Ajay Kumar, chairman of OBC wing of district congress committee.
“We have clues that the influential Akali owner of this marriage palace has been pressuring MC officials to get it regularised by apying a nominal token money. He has even painted the name of a nursery on the boundary wall of the marriage palace,” he added.
“I have raised the issue of illegal constructions in every meeting of the house. All pary councillors are with me,” Rai added.
Joint commissioner Anupam Kler said, “The staff deputed to inquire into the issue has given its report. In a day-or-two, I will table the report to the commissioner and the decision on the party will be finalised."