The meeting of the newly constituted General House of the Municipal Corporation held on Monday witnessed some changes from the previous years. Instead of 30 to 40 agenda items being passed within minutes,the House witnessed a debate for more than two hours on two agenda items – water supply and sanitation.
As many as 19 new faces have been elected to the fourth term of the Municipal Corporation. As many as six lawyers and some law graduates are part of the house. Even the present mayor is an advocate. In fact,the number of lawyers elected form the BJP is higher. In the House,it was witnessed that more BJP councillors actively participated in debates.
President of the city unit of the party Sanjay Tandon said that a few days back the party had held a training session for the newly elected councillors. The councillors were educated about their rights and how to raise issues in the House. They were also informed about duties they would be required to perform over the next five years. An active lot of councillors has been elected this time and fruitful discussions would be witnessed, said Tandon.
In the previous tenure of the civic body,the level of debate in the House had deteriorated with each passing year. The councillors spent more time fighting political battles than discussing the issues pertaining to the city. Last year,after the election of the mayor the subsequent meetings were never peaceful due to the controversy over the elections.
A senior Congress leader said that since it is the first year of the newly elected councillors,the proceedings of the House would be more peaceful. It is after the second year gets over that the fights start.