Municipal corporation (MC) commissioner Lalit Siwach has written to the principal secretary urban local bodies department claiming that quorum was not met in the 15th meeting of the House on October 25. As per his letter, only five of the councillors marked their attendance.
MC officials had staged a walkout on Tuesday when Congress councillor Bhawna Gupta proposed to pass a resolution condemning Siwach.
The letter dated October 25 says, “As per official record, quorum was not complete as only five councillors marked their attendance and the rest refused to mark the same. They started targeting the officials. Instead of discussing the agenda items relating to development works, they started raising issues discussed in the meetings held in 2013.”
As per Section 55 of the Haryana Municipal Corporation Act 1994, one-third members of the House have to be present for meeting the quorum.
“They tried to create chaos. All the officers walked out of the meeting as a symbolic protest,” reads the letter.
Mayor Upinder Kaur Walia said the attendance register was not put before them though they wanted to mark attendance. She said they were present and that can be substantiated from the video of the proceedings.
She said, “The commissioner is finding ways to declare the meeting invalid. But everything has been videographed. It was the officials who circulated the agenda late.” BJP councillor Ravi Kant Swami had raised the issue of forming a monitoring committee to keep track of dog sterilisation and permission for Reliance Jio towers by bypassing the House.
did not call for discussion in the House as they were mandated by a government notification. On the question of Congress councillor Bhawna Gupta objecting to BJP MLA Latika Sharma inaugurating Kalka library road without involving the councillor, Siwach told the government that Sharma was MLA of Kalka and happens to be “ex-officio member of the House”.
BJP councillor backs
BJP councillor CB Goel, who has been supporting Siwach, pointed out that since the agenda was delivered less than 24 hours before the House meeting, the proceedings were invalid as per Section 54 of Haryana Municipal Corporation Act 1994 as it mandated for delivery of agenda at least five days before the meeting.