BJP, SAD leadership in a fix over MC cold war
The outburst of Shiromani Akali Dal's (SAD) senior deputy mayor Kamaljeet Singh Bhatia against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) mayor Sunil Jyoti has put both the parties in an awkward position. Senior leaders of both the parties have decided to intervene to resolve the issue.Updated: Sep 05, 2013 20:20 IST
The outburst of Shiromani Akali Dal's (SAD) senior deputy mayor Kamaljeet Singh Bhatia against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) mayor Sunil Jyoti has put both the parties in an awkward position. Senior leaders of both the parties have decided to intervene to resolve the issue.
Due to lack of quorum, the meeting of municipal corporation's Finance and Contracts Committee scheduled for Wednesday was adjourned as Bhatia and deputy mayor Arvinder Kaur Oberoi 'boycotted' it reportedly due to differences with the mayor.
The Finance and Contracts Committee comprises mayor Sunil Jyoti (BJP), senior deputy mayor Kamaljeet Singh Bhatia (SAD), deputy mayor Arvinder Kaur Oberoi (SAD) and BJP councillors Ravi Mahindru and Bhagwant Rai Parbhakar.
The meeting has now been scheduled for Friday and most likely to be postponed further as Bhatia seems in no mood to call truce with the mayor. It was the second time that the meeting was adjourned due to lack of quorum.
On August 26 except for mayor and senior deputy mayor, all other members of the committee were absent. BJP councillor Ravi Mahindru, a close confidante of Jalandhar central MLA Manoranjan Kalia, was conspicuous by his absence on both the dates. Party sources said the councillors of the ruling alliance were annoyed with the autocratic style of functioning of the mayor.
It was third time that Bhatia had expressed his displeasure publically. "The mayor had made payments of nearly Rs 10 crore to the contractors without even consulting us. It appears to us that we exist nowhere, so, the party decided to adopt the policy of non-cooperation with the mayor," Bhatia said.
The development in the city has come to a halt as the MC has failed to get the projects passed from the finance and contracts committee, meetings of which are being repeatedly adjourned.
District working president of BJP, Subhash Sood, said, "It is very embarrassing for the party. We have called the councillors of our party and sought the report on the absence of members. We have also appraised our high command about the latest developments."
On the other hand, district president Shiromani Akali Dal, Charanjeet Singh Channi, denied that the decision of boycotting the meeting of F&CC was the party's decision.
"It was the individual decision taken by Bhatia and Oberoi. We have sought explanations from both of them. After getting their response, we will try to resolve the issues with the BJP leadership. Our high-command is also keeping a vigil on the developments."
District president of Congress (urban) Arun Walia called it as the failure of the ruling alliance. "Nobody is bothered about the development of city. The bone of contention between SAD and BJP leaders is the loan from HUDCO. Both SAD and BJP leaders in the MC want their share from the grant. The leaders of the alliance are exposed before the public," Walia alleged.
First Published: Sep 05, 2013 20:19 IST