Just ahead of Municipal Corporation elections, newly-appointed Congress-in-charge for Chandigarh Asha Kumari on Saturday said that senior Congress leader Manish Tewari, has no role to play in Chandigarh. The leader has been accused of interfering with the affairs of Chandigarh Congress. “He is leader of Punjab and has no role in Chandigarh. The leadership of Chandigarh Congress is headed by Pardeep Chabbra,who belong to the city,” said Kumari.
Recently, chinks in the city party unit came to fore after loyalists of Tewari refused to fill the loyalty affidavit while applying for tickets in the MC elections. Kumari, however, ruled out any division in the party. On the question of asking leaders to fill a loyalty affidavit, Kumari said that there is nothing new or wrong in it. “This has been an age-old practice being followed by the Congress. I myself have filled loyalty affidavit seven times,” said the five-time MLA from Himachal Pradesh.
Chandermukhi Sharma, a close associate of Tewari, met Kumari with a delegation of around 100 workers. Sharma rued that the senior leaders of the party are being ignored and also registered his protest against the party for asking leaders to fill loyalty affidavit. “She assured to look into all our grievances,” said Sharma.
On distribution of tickets, Kumari said that tickets will be distributed only on basis of ‘winnability factor’ and there will be no age or gender criteria. “We want to do well in the elections and to achieve that, tickets will be given only to candidates who can win their seats,” she said.
Speaking strongly against nominated councillors, Kumari said that the provision of having nominated councillors need to be changed. “There is need to amend the Municipal Act for removing the clause of having nominated councillors. We will do it once our party comes to power in the Centre,” she said.
Objection against using word ‘bhaiya’
Devinder Singh Babla while addressing the gathering referred people living in colonies as ‘bhaiya’. Taking strong exception, Shashi Shankar Tiwari, president of Colonies Cell of Congress, registered his protest with city party chief Pardeep Chabbra.