Piqued deputy mayor Mangat locks her office, hands over keys to mayor

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bathinda
  • Updated: Jul 12, 2015 22:47 IST

The differences between the alliance partners, SAD and BJP, in the municipal corporation here, are refusing to die down and a new chapter is added to them after a regular interval.

After the differences between the alliance partners came to the open at a general house meeting last month and the senior deputy mayor objected to the purchase of furniture for the mayor's office at exorbitant prices last week, now, BJP councillor and the deputy mayor in the urban body Gorinderpal Kaur Mangat has locked her office and handed over the keys to the mayor. She has also removed her nameplate as a mark of protest against the functioning of the mayor.

She alleged that she was not being consulted over the issues regarding her ward and her office is being misused. She said she had informed the mayor about the situation but he didn't take any action.

"There were efforts to ensure my defeat in the urban body polls. Now works are being done in my ward after consulting those who had contested the poll against me and I am not being consulted. It is happening with other councillors also as party councillor Anjana Rani too had complained in this regard at the house meeting," she said.

"My office had also been turned into a lunch place and people used to smoke there. I had objected to it but to no avail. At last, I had no option but to close the office and remove the nameplate because there was no meaning in remaining in the office as neither the sanctity of my office was being ensured nor protocol was follow.

ed in routine works," she said, adding that party leaders are with her and she would act whatever the party would decide.
However, mayor Balwant Rai Nath said that he takes everyone, including Mangat, in confidence while taking decisions and I don't see any reason in locking the office and removing the nameplate. "When she removed the nameplate, I even got installed it again, but it was agaisn removed," he said.

"I am trying to talk to her and had made attempts on her mobile phone on Sunday but she didn't pick the phone. I will talk to her and address her grievances," he said.

Differences between the two alliance partners had become public when BJP councillor Anjana Rani had accused the mayor of ignoring the wards of BJP councillors deliberately in the house meeting last month. In that meeting, she had broken down before the mayor alleging that her and other BJP councilors' wards are being ignored by the mayor. Though, none of the BJP councillors had come in her support at that time and she was virtually left fighting a lone battle."

Last week, senior deputy mayor and BJP councillor Tarsem Chand Goyal had vehemently objected to the purchase of furniture for the mayor's office at exorbitant prices by the urban body at the meeting of the finance and contracts committee.

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