Differences between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) have come to the fore in the Ludhiana municipal corporation (MC) as the BJP councillors accused mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, who is SAD councillor, of adopting biased attitude.
The BJP councillors complained against the mayor to state BJP president Kamal Sharma, who visited the city on Tuesday, and urged him to look into the matter at the earliest.
Despite the two parties being in alliance, the BJP councillors claimed that they were not invited for any meeting by the mayor to discuss various issues. The BJP councillors also accused the mayor of taking support of some independent and Congress councillors just to save his chair.
Earlier, the BJP councillors had also expressed disappointment when the mayor had taken steps to dissolve various committees.
“We met BJP state president Kamal Sharma to inform him about the biased attitude of the mayor towards us. The development works in various wards have come to a halt. The roads are not being carpeted. Our issues are not being listened to by the mayor,” said BJP councillor Inder Aggarwal.
Senior BJP leader and councillor Gurdeep Singh Neetu said, “We know that the financial condition of the MC is poor, but the mayor never thought of discussing any issue with us. We have alliance with the SAD, but the BJP councillors are ignored. The differences can be seen in the amount released for the development of different wards.”
He said many tubewells and streetlights were not functioning in different wards but no steps have been taken to repair them. “Who is responsible for poor financial condition of MC?”
The BJP councillors also held a meeting with senior party leaders of the district on Monday. Senior deputy mayor Sunita Aggarwal and deputy mayor RD Sharma, both from the BJP, also claimed that they were not asked before taking any decision.
Gohalwaria was not available for comment as he was away to Chandigarh for a meeting.