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Proposed MiC reshuffle remains uncertain

UNCERTAINTY CONTINUES to prevail over the proposed reshuffle in the ten-member Mayor-in-Council (MiC) with Mayor Dr Uma Shashi Sharma first seeking the party?s go-ahead or the move and later denying attempts to effect a council makeover.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2006 14:05 IST

UNCERTAINTY CONTINUES to prevail over the proposed reshuffle in the ten-member Mayor-in-Council (MiC) with Mayor Dr Uma Shashi Sharma first seeking the party’s go-ahead or the move and later denying attempts to effect a council makeover.

The Mayor reportedly wants to replace Lal Bahadur Verma and Shankar Yadav, MiC members in charge of General Administration and Revenue respectively, apparently owing to their sustained opposition to Municipal Commissioner P Narhari.

Dr Sharma admitted as much to journalists at a press meet following the submission of the City Development Plan though she declined to name the concerned members. After the issue began gaining news columns, however, the Mayor backtracked declaring that the reshuffle comment “was a general remark.”

“I was asked about changes in the MiC and I told reporters that the possibility could not be ruled out. That is all and the no new meanings must be read into my comment,” Dr Sharma told the Hindustan Times over the telephone.

Verma and Yadav, said to enjoy the support of former Mayor Kailash Vijayvargiya, had launched a tirade against the Commissioner for alleged administrative irregularities.

Verma, in particular, alleged massive discrepancies in the departmental promotional committee and accused Narhari of breaking the rules to favour officials close to the Mayor. The MiC member declared that the promotions of City Engineers Hans Kumar Jain and NS Tomar were stalled citing departmental enquiries by the DPC.

“The committee, however, cleared the promotion of Hemant Gupta, an assistant engineer who, even today is in jail,” he pointed out.

Verma even complained in writing to the Chief Minister and Urban Administration Development Minister regarding the alleged irregularities.

When contacted Verma declared himself unaffected by reports that he might be divested of his charge. “The party organisation appointed me and only it can replace me, not any individual. I will continue to serve as an MiC member until the organisation wants me to step down”, he concluded.

First Published: Jan 24, 2006 14:05 IST