?Inattentive? officers get BJP corporators? goat
THEIR INABILITY to get the work done despite being part of the ruling party in the State is making them angry. It saw the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) corporators getting into verbal and physical fight with the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) officers at least half a dozen times in the past one year.india Updated: Jan 09, 2006 22:50 IST
THEIR INABILITY to get the work done despite being part of the ruling party in the State is making them angry. It saw the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) corporators getting into verbal and physical fight with the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) officers at least half a dozen times in the past one year.
Most BJP corporators believe that their authority is being undermined.. The filing of two FIRS by the BMC administration against two BJP corporators during the past one fortnight strengthened this impression. However, the officials also feel that they are not in the BMC to get abused by corporators.
The corporator from old city, Pushpendra Jain recently had a scuffle with a deputy city engineer posted in BMC’s Shivaji Nagar. Both filed the FIR against each other at Habibganj Police Station. Earlier, Jain had a dispute with another official posted at a zonal office.
Similarly, the BMC administration also filed FIR against BJP woman corporator Vandna Parihar, who opposed the removal of an Ahata at Nehru Nagar. The BMC administration alleged that her husband misbehaved with the BMC officials during this operation.
There were disputes between BJP corporators and the BMC officials on several occasions. A corporator, Tulsa Verma, time and again demanded the removal of a zonal officer. However, she failed to get this work done. Another corporator, NS Pal, repeatedly demanded the removal of an employee posted at Govindpura Hydrant. But, Pal could not get this official transferred due to another BJP leader.
Two BJP corporators from new Bhopal area, Asharam Sharma and Rameshwar Dixit, had a verbal duel with a BMC officer on Saturday. A large number of BMC employees came out of the officer’s chamber during the incident. The corporators also had heated exchanges with SS Uppal, Secretary of then chief minister Babulal Gaur.
When asked, leader of BJP corporators Ashok Pandey said such problems crop up as officials do not clear the files related to developmental works within the time limit. Many such files went missing. The officials should also face action, something that does not happen in the BMC, he added.
However, the Congress corporators are also not far behind. The Congress corporators had heated exchanges with the BMC Commissioner Manish Singh while handing over a memorandum six months ago. Singh had submitted a report against four Congress corporators, including their leader – Salim Ahmed — in this regard to the Divisional Commissioner.
The husband of a woman Congress corporator from Govindpura area abused a zonal officer recently. However, nobody made a complaint in this regard to higher-ups.
BJP convenes corporators meet
IN ORDER to know the corporators problems, the BJP will convene a meeting on Monday. Divisional organisation secretary Vijay Sharma would chair zone-wise meetings of party corporators. According to BJP leaders, the meetings are convened to review the functioning of the corporators and know their problems.
The party’s district working committee has already recommended the transfers of some officials, including BMC Commissioner Manish Singh. The name of another officer was also recommended for filing the FIR against the BJP corporator.
First Published: Jan 09, 2006 22:50 IST