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SAD councillors demand BJP mayor's resignation

punjab Updated: Jan 02, 2015 22:27 IST
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Senior deputy mayor in the municipal corporation House Avtar Singh Truckanwala led a delegation of party councillors to meet civic body commissioner Pardeep Sabharwal, on Friday, demanding the resignation of mayor from the BJP Bakshi Ram Arora.

The delegation also impressed upon the commissioner that the Akalis' demand for beautification of roads leading up to the Golden Temple be taken up on priority in the House.

On Monday, the House had witnessed chaotic scenes after the BJP councillors and others claimed that the beautification could only be taken up after funds were released for the purpose by the state government.

Irate SAD councillors had thrown the copies of the agenda for the day, containing other minor items, and walked out of the MC general house meeting on Monday.

In the meeting with the commissioner on Friday, the SAD delegation also sought withdrawal of all the items passed in their absence and also handed over a memorandum in this regard to the officer.

"We rejected the agenda during the MC general house meeting on Monday and walked out. Still, the the BJP passed the agenda. This is not acceptable to us and so we met the MC commissioner today to demand the rejection of the agenda, ," senior deputy mayor Avtar Singh Truckanwala said, reiterating the demand for resignation of mayor Bakshi Ram Arora.

Over the past few months, cracks have appeared in the SAD-BJP alliance in the MC House and the partners have been taking digs at each other on several issues.

The Akali councillors had alleged that the sentiments of Akali councillors were not kept in mind and they were unhappy over this. However, the BJP councillors had not bothered about the Akali reaction and went ahead with the meeting.

The issue

BJP councillors and others refused to commit to the beautification of roads leading up to the Golden Temple, stating that this could be done only once the state governments released funds; SAD councillors, however, were persisitent in their demand and walked out a General House Meeting on Monday. Now, they want all business and items passed that day (on Monday) to be rescinded.