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Mahajan, Vijayvargiya supporters clash

SUPPORTERS OF BJP national vice-president and MP Sumitra Mahajan and State Public Works Department Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya entered into verbal clashes at the district planning committee meeting chaired by minister in charge of the district Himmat Kothari at the Collectorate today.

india Updated: May 12, 2006 15:14 IST

SUPPORTERS OF BJP national vice-president and MP Sumitra Mahajan and State Public Works Department Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya entered into verbal clashes at the district planning committee meeting chaired by minister in charge of the district Himmat Kothari at the Collectorate today.

Apart from Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC), Agriculture, Education and Horticulture departments’ projects were placed for review at the meeting. When the Education Department came under review, Mahajan’s representative Chandu Makhija alleged that in the last five years, only a specific area (referring to Vijayvargiya’s constituency No 2) has been developed while others were denied due attention.

He said that the money collected as education cess by IMC in last six years has been spent on developing one or two schools of the specific area.

The IMC apparently has spent Rs 1 crore on restoration and upgradation of a government school at Nanda Nagar, which houses the residences of Vijayvargiya, City BJP president Ramesh Mendola and Mayor-in-Council member in-charge of rehabilitation and planning Chandu Shinde.

This enraged Vijayvargiya supporters Mendola and Shinde. The latter asked Makhija to come out of his shell and develop a larger view of things. “You come out of Saket. We are elected representatives and you are a mere representative (of Mahajan),” Shinde taunted. Makhija, a builder, lives in Saket Nagar.

As the arguments grew, Kothari intervened to pacify the warring parties saying that Makhija, being the MP’s representative, has an equal right to express his views.

BJP MLA Laxman Singh Gaud demanded to know why money is not spent on repair and restoration of government schools when District Collector Vivek Aggarwal informed that Ahilyashram and Malharashram were being developed as model schools with considerable sum of money. After hearing the arguments, Kothari directed Mayor Dr Uma Shashi Sharma to prepare a comprehensive plan for restoration of government school buildings.

Mendola stressed on knowing detailed information about the use of Red Cross Society proceedings. The deliberations on removing encroachments along open drains passed off peacefully even when Gaud alleged that there was a racket on to occupy land, develop a slum and then get pattas.

Consequently, Kothari asked District Collector to ensure that encroachments don’t take place once removed. The issue of open drain flowing along Ranjit Hanuman temple was also raised.

Indore Development Authority Chief Executive Officer C B Singh said that layout plan of the drain was unavailable when told that considerable portion of the drain has been blocked to raise construction.

The blockade of drain creates water clogging around 1400 houses in Sudama Nagar. Gaud also asked whether the illegal multiplex Money Centre constructed along the water body would be blasted off. To this, Singh said that matter was sub judice.

First Published: May 12, 2006 15:14 IST