The second finance and contract committee (F and CC) meeting of the municipal corporation (MC) here turned into a battleground on Friday when senior deputy mayor Kamaljit Singh Bhatia called mayor Sunil Jyoti a drug addict and corrupt. The meeting was adjourned just after 10 minutes with municipal commissioner GS Khaira moving out of the meeting hall furiously, without giving any statement to the media.
It was learnt that when the MC official was going to present the agenda of the meeting, Bhatia interrupted in the middle and asked Sunil Jyoti and the municipal commissioner as to why the proposal of a sweeping machine got the confirmation even though it didn’t get the approval of all the members of the committee.
The F&CC committee comprises six members mayor Sunil Jyoti, senior deputy mayor Kamaljit Singh Bhatia, municipal commissioner GS Khaira, deputy mayor Arvinder Kaur Oberoi, BJP councillor Ravi Mahendru and councillor Bhagwant Rai Prabhakar.
An estimate can get clearance by the committee if it gets support of four members.
Bhatia said in the last F&CC meeting, when the proposal of a sweeping machine was put for discussion, he and Ravi Mahendru had not supported the proposal and asked for discussion on it, but it was passed in the meeting by four members.
“Since its proposal didn’t get the consent of all the members, it should have been put for confirmation for the next meeting, but mayor Sunil has even placed the orders for the machine,” said Bhatia. “Such acts are unconstitutional and being custodian of the public, we won’t tolerate it at any cost,” he added.
After some time, Sunil Jyoti also confronted Bhatia for alleged corruption of Rs 2 lakh in the construction of a building. However, Bhatia challenged Jyoti to prove the allegations of corruption.
“If Jyoti can prove any of the allegations he made against me, I will resign from politics,” said Bhatia. In addition to this, Bhatia said many issues that he has raised during house meetings have been put to backburner like illegal construction of 25 buildings in the city.
Ravi Mahendru said that the proposal for a sweeping machine needs to be reconsidered so that the public money does not get wasted. The mayor chose not to comment on senior deputy mayor’s statement.