Infighting among BJP councillors may affect MCG House meeting yet again
The House is expected to discuss and decide on issues, including building of a councillor’s office in each ward, approving decisions taken by the Finance & Contract Committee (F&CC) on 28 civic projects, determining the source of councillors’ fund, and formation of sub-committeesgurgaon Updated: Jan 14, 2018 23:28 IST
The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) is set to conduct its second House meeting on Monday and some key civic decisions are expected to come up for discussion. However, sources said the ongoing infighting among BJP councillors, who are in majority, may affect the outcome of this meeting.
The House is expected to discuss and decide on issues, including building of a councillor’s office in each ward, approving decisions taken by the Finance & Contract Committee (F&CC) on 28 civic projects, determining the source of councillors’ fund, and formation of sub-committees.
Sources in the BJP said that the House is likely to clear the F&CC’s decision on 28 civic projects and will also approve building a councillor’s office in each ward. However, decisions on the councillors’ fund and formation of sub-committees, which govern all work done in a ward, may again get pushed to the next House meeting.
Mayor Madhu Azad on Sunday said, “We have held a series of meeting with all ward councillors on consenting to the mode of funding. The matter will again be placed before the House for discussion on Monday. If a decision is taken, then the same will be forwarded to the state government for approval,”
However, a section of councillors have remained absent from the several mayor-councillor meetings called to generate consensus indicating that no progress is likely to be made.
Even in the previous House meeting, held on November 27 last year, councillors could not consent over the source of funds meant for spending on development works in their respective wards. The allotment of ₹1 crore could not be cleared as councillors could not agree on whether to channel the funds through the executive power or the MP fund; both of these need approval from the state government.
Another important agenda that may be deferred once again is the formation of sub-committees, comprising of councillors and MCG officials. The sub-committees oversee all work done by the MCG for the public, and hold considerable power.
The infighting started when the party was finalising names of candidates for giving tickets ahead of the 2017 civic body polls. The party split in two factions led by different senior BJP leaders, both intending to push the names of their supporters for the elections. As a result, the BJP, which had bragged about getting an outright majority, ended up winning only 14 of the 35 seats. However, the party was able to garner support from 19 independent candidates, many of whom were those who were ousted from the party before the elections as they were seen as rebels. Despite joining the party ranks again, the infighting continued during the mayoral elections, and is still going on.