The SAS Nagar municipal corporation (MC) house on Monday passed works of over Rs 422 crore without discussion as the SAD-BJP councillors staged a walkout following a comment by deputy mayor Manjeet Singh Sethi on the conditions of public toilets in the town.
The opposition SAD-BJP councillors looked in an aggressive mode from the beginning of the meeting as they raised objections on almost every point. They also asked mayor Kulwant Singh to thank the Punjab government for the release of Rs 416 crore for development works in SAS Nagar.
The opposition councillors boycotted the meeting and staged a walkout as the deputy mayor refused to take back his comment referring to a recent meeting of opposition councillors with member of Parliament Prem Singh Chandumajra. Sethi made the comment during a discussion on the objection being raised by the opposition as well as Congress councillors regarding enhancing the funds for maintenance of toilets in SAS Nagar from Rs 45,000 per month to Rs 54,000.
During deliberations, SAD councillor Paramjeet Singh Kahlon raised the issue regarding a complaint of ill-maintained toilets on which deputy mayor said they had not received any complaint. “We were raising a point regarding a complaint, but the deputy mayor insulted us. It is his deliberate attempt to snub the opposition,” Kahlon.
“No opposition councillor has been made member of the MC committees. Is this not discrimination? The mayor is ignoring the opposition, said BJP councillor Arun Sharma.
“It is unfortunate that instead of deliberating on issues of public welfare, opposition councillors are staging a walkout,” said the mayor.
FISSURES IN SAD
Even as the SAD-BJP councillors staged a walkout, two woman councillors — Jaspreet Kaur (SAD) and Parkashwati Kaur (BJP) kept sitting in the House. “Boycott is not an answer to any problem. We are answerable to the people of our ward. We are here to raise their issues,” said Jaspreet Kaur.
MC COMMISSIONER UNDER FIRE
MC commissioner Uma Shankar Gupta came under fire as Congress councillors accused him of not supplying copies of bylaws for the implementation of the Street Vendors’ Act. Even members of the committee — Congress councillor Kuljeet Singh Bedi and Azad group councillor RP Sharma — were not handed over the copy of the bylaws.