Former union minister Manish Tewari will launch an online grievance portal for Chandigarh residents next month. The minister, who was speaking at his residence in Sector 19 Saturday, also said that the Municipal Corporation (MC) elections scheduled to be held at the end of 2016 were at the top of his agenda.
Congress leader Chandermukhi Sharma, who was present on the occasion, said that the portal would be ready in the next 10 days.
“We will take up the grievances of residents with the local administration,” said Sharma.
Tewari expressed his displeasure over the mayor being elected by councillors and said that direct election for the post should be held. He also said that despite his mother being a nominated councillor, he was against the procedure of having nominated councillors in the corporation.
“I feel a mayor and the council must have a period of five years. One year is too short a period for a mayor to work,” said Tewari.
Tewari also emphasised that he wanted proper distribution of powers between the UT Administration and the MC. “It is so bizarre that the street lights on the internal roads are with MC and those on the main roads are with the administration,” said Tewari, who has been holding weekly public meetings religiously.
Hinting at the way the Chandigarh unit of Congress is being run by president Pradeep Chabra, Tewari said that the need of the hour was to take everybody along.
When asked whether former city MP Pawan Bansal was taking everybody along, Tewari said, “Since he is my former colleague, I won’t comment on him.”
Tewari, however, went on to say that senior leaders like Chandermukhi Sharma and Ravinder Pali were not incorporated into the Congress committee.
After Bansal lost the Lok Sabha polls last year, Tewari has been taking a keen interest in city politics. The latter is a also a claimant to the Congress ticket for the next Lok Sabha elections in Chandigarh. Tewari’s supporters said that he wanted to start at the grass-root level and the civic polls next year would be held under his leadership.