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Protesting Karnal mayor, councilors get support from Panipat MC chief

punjab Updated: Dec 17, 2013 23:06 IST
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The protesting city mayor and councillors on the issue of decentralisation of powers on Tuesday got support from Panipat mayor.

Mayor and councillors continued their dharna for the second consecutive day outside the office of municipal corporation (MC) and wore black badges as a mark of protest.

The protesting elected representatives are demanding more powers relating to planning and execution of development works.

Talking to Hindustan Times on phone on Tuesday, Panipat mayor Bhupinder Singh said that the existing structure of municipal corporation was useless as no powers were vested with the elected representatives.

"Posts of mayor, senior deputy mayor, deputy mayor and councillors are purely decorative as they have no powers. My personal experience says that mayors are like clerks who could do nothing except than writing letters to the government officials requesting for development works," said Singh, who was elected the first mayor of the industrial town of Panipat.

He said that councilors should also be made part of development activities.

"But the structure is such if a mayor is not from the political party or the local legislator in the state, he is virtually discarded by the administration. I fully support the cause raised by the Karnal mayor and demanded more powers with the MC to effectively implement local self government," he said.

Citing examples of mayors of the developed nations and even Mumbai and Delhi, Singh said that the mayoral office was more than customary. "Haryana government should amend rules otherwise the ineffective offices of mayors should be abolished," said Singh.