For the second consecutive day, no business was conducted in the meeting of the general house of the municipal corporation on Thursday, with the BJP insisting that Wednesday’s meeting was valid and the Congress insisting that it was illegal.
For two and a half hours, they shouted at each other, trying to score points, unmindful of the issues of public concern, like the stray dog menace, facilities for firemen as well as agenda items pertaining to development. Two adjournments failed to restore order.
On Wednesday, Senior Deputy Mayor Heera Negi, who is from the BJP, took the mayor’s chair in his absence and conducted the “proceedings’’ in which all items on the agenda were “passed’’. Congress councillors were then protesting against the chief engineer and locking him in his room. Mayor H C Kalyan was also there. Only councillors of the BJP and SAD, and some nominated councillors were in the House.
The BJP-SAD councillors objected to Thursday’s meeting being numbered as the 207th meeting, arguing that it should be considered the 208th meeting as the 207th meeting was held on Wednesday. They also said that the agenda items that were “passed” on Wednesday could not be discussed again.
However, the mayor and Congress councillors said that whatever happened on Wednesday could not be considered valid. Justifying his absence on Wednesday, the mayor said that the situation outside was getting “out of hand’’ so he had to be there. He had, therefore, given permission to the additional commissioner to adjourn the meeting.
Leader of BJP in the House Arun Sood retorted that tomorrow someone could send his son to the House in his absence. “This is not a right precedent,” he stated. “The additional commissioner worked outside his jurisdiction. Even the commissioner has no power to adjourn the House.”
Sood said that the conditions for Wednesday’s events were created by the Congress. “Aapne gundagardi machai (you indulged in hooliganism),” he said, drawing protests from the Congress.
Congress councillor Subhash Chawla suggested that the proceedings of the meetings held on Wednesday and Thursday should be sent to the Secretary of Local Bodies for a decision. He suggested that the agenda items be taken up again for discussion, but this was met with opposition.
Nominated councillor M P Kohli suggested that a committee comprising councillors of all parties be constituted to resolve the matter. But the stalemate persisted.