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Swachh Survekshan survey | MLA, mayor spar over Panchkula’s poor rank at 211

punjab Updated: May 10, 2017 12:36 IST
Vivek Gupta
Vivek Gupta
Hindustan Times
Swachh Survekshan survey,Gian Chand Gupta,Upinder Kaur Walia

MLA Gian Chand Gupta addressing the media at Sector 6, Panchkula, on Tuesday.(Sant Arora/HT Photo )

The political blame game has begun in Panchkula days after city faced major embarrassment due to its poor 211 ranking in the centre’s cleanliness survey.

After Congress mayor Upinder Kaur Walia hit local leaders of ruling Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) for blocking development in MC, the party local legislator Gian Chand Gupta held her responsible for city’s poor ranking at a press meet on Tuesday.

He said that under her leadership the working atmosphere of the corporation had suffered a major setback, leading to which the executives could not perform their duties.

“I challenge her to list out even her single achievement in last four years of her rule, despite the fact that there was never a dearth of funds with the MC under the present BJP government,” Gupta said.

He added that it was due to her incompetency that city lagged behind on several areas and had to face embarrassment in centre’s survey.

He said that the time has come to oust mayor politically. “The election for the corporation is scheduled early next year. We will go in the public very soon to highlight her failure and ask people to vote for BJP for all around development of the city,” said Gupta.

However residents are miffed over political blame game and want better results

President of citizen welfare association SK Nayyar said that rather than blaming each other, both MLA and mayor should try to speed up the execution of solid waste plant, better garbage collection besides enough recruitment of sanitation workers so that it can improve its ranking in next year’s survey.

Sector 16 resident Subhash Papneja said that the city’s elected representatives should focus on addressing the fundamental issues plaguing the city rather than playing politics over development.

First Published: May 10, 2017 11:20 IST