Municipal Corporation House meet likely next week, Lucky fate uncertain

  • Shaheen P Parshad, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Jun 22, 2015 22:53 IST

After the Punjab government returned the proceedings of the budget meet held in March to the Amritsar municipal corporation (MC), the civic body is planning to hold a meeting of the House next week.

However, uncertainty still prevails over Rajkanwal Preet Pal Singh Lucky, a Congress councillor and leader of the opposition in the MC House, attending the forthcoming meeting.

Mayor Bakshi Ram Arora said he was in receipt of the proceedings returned by the government. “The House meeting is likely to be held next week and a date will be finalised soon,” he said.

Earlier, the House was scheduled to meet on June 10, which was later called off after the Congress councillors alleged that the meeting could not be held till the proceedings of the previous meeting was returned by the government.

The councillors claimed that as per the rules, the government sent the House proceedings back within 21 days. The mayor, however, had cited “administrative reason” for the deferment of the meeting.

In the meantime, mayor said the proceedings returned by the government contained nothing about Lucky’s status.

The mayor had recommended to the government Lucky’s expulsion from the MC House after latter placed begging bowls in front of the mayor and municipal commissioner during the budget meeting on March 30.

However, MC officials on conditions of anonymity said the House had only discussed Lucky’s behaviour and no recommendation was sent to the government in this regard. The mayor has the authority to decide a councillor’s fate in such cases, they added.

However, when contacted, Lucky said, “I am aware that the government has returned the proceedings, but I have no idea what it speaks about me,” Lucky said.

Meanwhile, the MC is all set to finalise the 1976 building bylaws to offer some respite to the owners of “illegal” hotels in Galliara, besides holding discussions on the proposed night sanitation project in the city involving use of state-of-the-art machinery.

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