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Mayor may face councillors' ire, Congress to demand postponement

punjab Updated: Jan 22, 2014 20:45 IST
Sanjeev Bhalla
Sanjeev Bhalla
Hindustan Times

A meeting of municipal corporation (MC) house scheduled for this Friday after over six months is reportedly going to face the wrath of councillors from both the ruling as well as the opposition party on levying license fees proposed in agenda.

The Congress has even decided to demand postponement of the house meet over 'failure' of MC in providing a clean city to the residents.

In the agenda of the meeting, probably the last before the forthcoming parliamentary elections, MC has sought approval of developmental works worth `200 crores from the house and the Congress had termed all the projects as 'disillusioned', 'misleading' and 'falsely amplified' just to mark an impression on public before the Lok Sabha polls.

MC has fixed the meeting on January 24 and has released the agenda among all the councillors. Issues of increasing license fees, for different categories of businesses to increase revenue collection have been proposed in the agenda.

"We will not let this happen for the sake of already crumbling trading units. This hike is totally illogical and unjustified," said Ravi Mahindru, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) councillor.

Leader of opposition in the house Jagdish Raja, on Wednesday said, "MC has failed to fulfill public's expectations. Earlier, the state government had levied different types of taxes on the urban population. Now, the mayor is imposing different types of taxes."

"Moreover, the issue of strike by sweepers is totally unresolved. None of the Congress councillors will attend the meeting till MC succeeds to pacify the agitators. It will not suit us to conduct meetings when the Dalit community members are sitting on the roads and fighting for their cause," Raja added.
"On Thursday, we will submit a letter to the mayor demanding the postponement of the meeting till the issues are resolved," Raja said.

The other points which can invite the ire of the councillors, include a proposal to purchase chairs for the corporation's town hall, permission to a private company to dig roads for laying 4G cables and the failure of MC in undertaking different projects passed by the house in the previous meetings.

Mayor Sunil Jyoti said, "Noone from Congress has ever contacted me with this intension. The strike of sweepers has no connection with the house meeting. In other corporations also, the same has happened despite of strikes."