The councillors of the Opposition on Friday vent out their anger in an all-party meeting called by the Mayor to iron out differences. The BJP-SAD councillors refused to take back their resignations from the sub-committees.
Over the past few weeks,Mayor Raj Bala Malik had been witnessing dissent from the Opposition over a number of issues. In the wake of this,a meeting of the councillors of all parties was called.
Airing their grudges,the councillors of the BJP-SAD combine said they had resigned from the sub-committees as equal representation was not given to them. They stated that while the Congress councillors were part of multiple sub-committees,some of them even in five,the BJP councillors were not given equal representation.
The formation of the sub-committees was not legal. The Opposition was not even consulted or asked for their preference about which sub-committee they want to be part of. The problems have occurred because of the dictatorial attitude of the Mayor, said BJP councillor Arun Sood.
While officials of the civic body were called to attend the meeting,they were asked to leave midway after the Opposition claimed that their problems were not with the officers,but the Mayor. The councillors said that the Mayor was not informing the area councillors while visiting their wards. It was stated that the councillors should be the ones to decide who would inaugurate the projects in their area.
A discussion was also held on issues like constitution of ward committees,sitting arrangement of the Opposition and passing of agenda items worth crores without much discussion. Councillor Harjinder Kaur said that powers should be delegated to all officers. She said even for minor work till approval comes from the chief engineer,it does not take place.
Two nominated councillors who went to the Municipal Corporation for attending a meeting of water supply committee were informed that the meeting would not be held as councillors of all parties had collected for a meeting. Nominated councillor Major (retd) D S Sandhu said instead of discussing development issues,the elected councillors were involved more in politicking. The nominated councillors are never called for such meetings. Water supply is such an important issue concerning all residents. However,we were not intimated about the cancellation of the meeting, he said.