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BJP U-turn on road contract

JUST A call from senior BJP leader of Indore made BJP corporators take U-turn on awarding contract of road signage to a private company last week. On January 28, proposal for the contract was put up at the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) meeting, but had to be deferred due to strong opposition from about half a dozen BJP coporators.

india Updated: Mar 30, 2006 15:19 IST

JUST A call from senior BJP leader of Indore made BJP corporators take U-turn on awarding contract of road signage to a private company last week. On January 28, proposal for the contract was put up at the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) meeting, but had to be deferred due to strong opposition from about half a dozen BJP coporators.

However, the same proposal was hurriedly included in the agenda of the meeting on March 24. It is learnt that the woman leader from Indore called some corporators asking for approval of the contract.

A senior leader admitted this during the meeting of BJP corporators on March 24, but refused to disclose the identity of the caller.

Similarly about six months back, the BMC Council had rejected another proposal of allotting work of road construction in MP Nagar to a particular contractor but the same proposal was approved in the next meeting.

Roads are being constructed by pledging the property tax accounts of Ward 47 for loan from a private bank. MP Nagar is part of this ward.

Now, the local BJP corporator is opposing this move, saying that other parts of the ward are lying neglected and are deprived of development. The corporator is demanding allocation of 50 per cent of property tax, which is not possible now.
The BJP corporators also got 14 changes in the budget proposals for the benefit of majority of BJP members in the house. Out of the 66-members of the BMC Council, 40 members belong to the BJP.

Like previous year, the BJP corporators forced the amendment to provide an amount of Rs 66 lakh to the BMC Chairman Ramdayal Prajapati.

This amount is equal to the Mayor’s discretionary fund. Besides, the aldermen (appointed corporators) were also allotted discretionary funds for the first time in the state. When asked, leader of BJP corporators, Ashok Pandey told the Hindustan Times that this should not happen. Pandey said that the proposal should either be cancelled or approved. But, the decision should not be changed like this, he admitted.