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BMC budget hits BJP roadblock

THE BJP?S intransigence over budgetary allotment of Rs 5 lakh each to its corporators has put Mayor Sunil Sood in a quandary even as the Bhopal Municipal Corporation budget presentation is barely two days away.

india Updated: Mar 23, 2006 13:49 IST

THE BJP’S intransigence over budgetary allotment of Rs 5 lakh each to its corporators has put Mayor Sunil Sood in a quandary even as the Bhopal Municipal Corporation budget presentation is barely two days away.

In the 66-members BMC general council, the BJP has majority with 40 members. Thus, the budget could not be passed without the consent of the opposition BJP.

The Mayor and officials are finding it hard to give final shape to the budget as efforts to convince BJP members have yielded no results so far.

In the last two days, Sood held at least two meetings with leaders of BJP corporators over budget preparations. The BJP corporators also held a meeting for two hours with organisational secretary Vijay Sharma, MLA Umashankar Gupta and others at party’s state headquarters.

Later, a meeting was organised at the residence of Gupta. The Mayor has held meetings with Congress corporators over budget preparations. Sood is pressing for curtailment in fund allotment to the corporators and BMC chairman on the plea that the BMC is required to start several ambitious projects next year.

These projects include schemes under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, the ones funded under the Asian Development Bank project, Narmada Water Supply Project etc.

His argument is that there is no scope for allotment of funds for the corporators or the BMC chairman as a huge amount would be needed to repay the loans or the contribution of BMC’s share for these schemes.

But the BJP corporators are refusing to budge from the demand that they be allotted Rs 5 lakh each and BMC chairman Rs 1 crore besides ward-wise allotment of education cess.

The BJP corporators have also demanded that the road maintenance funds should also be allotted at ward level. The BJP corporators said that they would bring amendment proposals in this regard and the Mayor would have no option but to accept their demands.

Sources said that the budget documents could not be prepared so far. The officials are waiting for the last minute change. It is learnt that the budget would go for printing on Thursday evening.

Only in BMC….
THE BHOPAL Municipal Corporation (BMC) is only urban body of the State where the Speaker (BMC Chairman) was allotted fund. The BJP members had forced the amendment in this regard before approval of last year’s budget. Now, the BJP members are demanding two times increase in the fund for the BMC chairman.

Last year, the BMC chairman was given Rs 50 lakh. The decision was taken in this regard during today’s meeting. BJP’s urban bodies cell State president Rameshwar Sharma was also invited in today’s meeting due to groupism in the city BJP. When asked, Sharma also raised his objections in this regard.