Heated arguments were witnessed between councillors during the Municipal Corporations General House meeting,when an agenda to extend help to flood-ravaged Uttarakhand devolved into a blame game.
A table agenda was mooted by councillor Gurbax Rawat to garner support from the Municipal Corporation to find ways to help the flood-affected areas. Chandigarh has a substantial population of people with roots in Uttarakhand. Rawat stated that the MC should collect some funds and donate them to provide relief in affected areas. She proposed that the Mayor,through the Administrator,convey the sentiments of the House to the Centre that the calamity be termed a national disaster.
Councillor Heera Negi raised the issue that the Mayor had called Gurbax Rawat the daughter of Uttarakhand. Objecting to this,she said that Rawat was the daughter-in-law of Uttarakhand and not daughter and the Mayor was politicising the issue. She added that she was the one born and brought up at Uttarakhand.
She further blamed the Uttarakhand government for the calamity. There was objection in the House to this. The Mayor Subhash Chawla stated that there was no one from the Uttarakhand government present in the House to react to these allegations.
The councillors agreed that the people of Chandigarh who are stuck in Uttarakhand or those who are missing should be located. However,charges were traded on this aspect as well.
Councillor Devesh Moudgil alleged that while Gujarat CM Narendra Modi went to the area and rescued people of Gujarat and the CMs of Madhya Pradesh and Haryana also did similar things,there was no one to protect people of Chandigarh.
What efforts have the UT Administration,Mayor and the local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal made for rescuing the people of Chandigarh? We do not know how many residents of the city are stuck in Uttarakhand, he said.
The moment Bansals name was taken,the Congress councillors raised strong objections to the same. A ruckus ensued and charges were traded. Following this,the Mayor highlighted the steps that were taken by the MC. He informed that Bansal had donated Rs 30 lakh from MPLAD fund for relief work at Uttarakhand.
BJP councillors then raised the rail bribery scam arguing that if the good work done by Bansal can be discussed in the MC House and appreciated,the wrongdoings should also come up for discussion. Comments by nominated councillor M P Kohli defending Bansal and the Administration further became the cause for arguments.