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Fight over credit for foundation stone

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Patiala, January 02, 2014
First Published: 22:47 IST(2/1/2014) | Last Updated: 22:49 IST(2/1/2014)

Term it as a fight to take credit or zeal to see their names on the foundation stone, councillors from the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Bharatiya Janata party are at loggerheads over a mere patch of a road work, costing around ` 50,000 in ward number 5 in Patiala.

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The war of words between BJP councillor from ward number 4 Rulda Singh Khushdil and Harwinder Singh Babbu, husband of SAD councillor Ranjit Kaur, from ward number 6, became intense as former submitted his resignation with the Patiala Municipal corporation commissioner  Parminder Gill on day 1 of the new year.

However, Rulda's resignation is yet to be accepted by commissioner. The matter came to light when Babbu installed foundation stone in ward number 4 after claiming to carry out patch work on the road purportedly falling under the Rulda's jurisdiction.

Upset over it, Rulda alleged unnecessary involvement of Babbu in his ward and immediately demanded the removal of foundation stone, which is yet to be inaugurated. The deadlock between both the councillors continued on Thursday. Mayor Amarinder Bajaj and BJP district president Anil Bajaj held meeting with both councillors seperately to pacify both of them over the issue.

"This is autocratic way to infringe into issues of other's ward. Firstly, how can he claim to do work in my ward and who gave him authority to lay down a  foundation stone at the site, which is represented by me", he said.

Rulda also met district unit president of the BJP Anil Bajaj , insisting him to take up issue with senior authorities.

Rulda also alleged that the indifferent attitude of MC officials had delayed development in his area.
"Though work orders costing Rs. 1.16 crore have been passed for different development works, the authorities were reluctant to initiate any work in his area", he said.

However, on the other side, Babbu, who mostly worked and took decision on behalf of his wife, said he had carried patch work following poor conditions of the road by using funds issued for his wife's ward.

"The matter will be resolved soon as there is nothing much serious. The matter will be discussed with other councillors and senior leaders before taking any decision", the mayor said.

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