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MC commissioner beats hasty retreat as YAD, BJP workers storm his office

punjab Updated: Apr 20, 2012 21:57 IST
HT Correspondent

Angered by lack of development in the city, leaders of Youth Akali Dal and BJP youth wing stormed the office of MC commissioner Dharampal Gupta and reprimanded him, forcing him to beat a hasty backdoor retreat.

YAD general secretary Mandeep Singh Manna and BJP councilor Rajesh Honey charged Gupta with ignoring the problems faced by residents of certain areas of Amritsar.

Honey said that district BJP (youth wing) president Rahul Maheshwari had called up Gupta, requesting him to depute staff to fix a sewerage-related problem in his locality.

"Gupta did not give him a proper hearing, which angered the party workers," he said. He added that the issue was resolved peacefully in the evening.

Manna charged Gupta with 'ignoring' the phone calls of Maheshwari. He added that being the commissioner of the municipality, it was Gupta's duty to attend to even the common man's grievances on priority. "He should remember that he is here to serve the people," said Manna.

Charging Gupta with ignoring the development of the city, Manna said that sanitation in the city had been ignored, while illegal hoardings had pockmarked the city. "There are certain areas with no sewerage and safe drinking water. Even areas with sewerage often face problems due to clogging," he said.

Manna accused Gupta of giving importance to the problems of posh localities. "He sends his workforce to tend to the problems of posh localities, but rarely send them to the less-developed areas. Garbage heaps can be seen almost in every nook and cranny of the city," he said.

Manna said that they would watch Gupta's working and if he didn't mend his ways, he might face action.

However, Gupta dismissed Friday's incident as normal. "Such incidents do take place in the MC," he said.

Sources said that Gupta could have been physically roughed up had the MC employees been late in showing up. "A huge crowd of MC employees had gathered there, which prevented the situation from getting worse," said Tarsem Singh Khalsa, president, Nagar Nigam Karamchari Tal Mel Dal.