An event to distribute grants worth Rs 410 crore to local urban bodies of the state turned into a political battle on Sunday.
Some SAD councillors from Malerkotla Nagar Council dragged its president, Mohammad Sardar Dara (Congress), out of the hall after he objected to handing over of the cheque for Rs 12.60 crore to Malerkotla SAD MLA and chief parliamentary secretary, Farzana Alam.
Dara has lodged a complaint against eight SAD councillors at the police station of division number 4. Dara has stated that executive officer Balwinder Singh was also invited to the event and they felt humiliated.
"Why were we invited to the event, if the cheque was to be handed over to the MLA for political gains? Being the elected representative of urban body, I am responsible for proper utilisation of the amount. The MLA has nothing to do with it," he said.
Besides the MLAs, mayors and commissioners from five municipal corporations, and presidents and executive officers from 45 nagar councils across the state had been invited to the city to receive cheques of grants from local bodies minister Chunni Lal Bhagat.
At the event, Bhagat emphasised the importance of judicious use of money.
"Proper utilisation of the sanctioned amount in a systematic manner is a must. The government will review utilisation and those found misusing it or using it improperly would be punished," said Bhagat. Chief parliamentary secretary, local bodies, Som Prakash, was also present on the occasion.