BJP NATIONAL vice-president Prabhat Jha, who is also incharge of Chandigarh and Punjab affairs, has rapped seven councillors who had gone against Mayor Arun Sood over the closure of two parking lots in Sector 17.
Jha asked the councillors not to damage the party’s image and warned them that they might lose chance of contesting municipal corporation elections scheduled to be held in December this year. Jha, who was in the city, met three of them and spoke to others over the phone.
Jha also asked the mayor why such a situation was created.
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However, the mayor justified himself by stating that the decision to close both the parking lots was taken in the House by taking everyone into confidence.
Jha reached here by the evening Shatabdi from Delhi.
Talking to Chandigarh Newsline, Jha said, “Party is sorting out the issue. Everybody is together.”
Jha slammed the councillors for unnecessarily dragging the party into the issue despite the decision being taken by the Chandigarh Administration. He told them that it was denting the party’s image which “was not acceptable”. “The party has nothing to do with the administrative issues. If somebody maligns the party’s image, it would be dealt with sternly,” said a senior leader.
On Wednesday, seven BJP councillors — Senior Deputy Mayor Davesh Moudgil, Saurabh Joshi, Sat Parkash Aggarwal, Satinder Singh, Heera Negi, Des Raj Gupta and Rajkumar Gupta — and SAD councillor Hardeep Singh, who is Deputy Mayor, submitted a memorandum to the municipal commissioner demanding that both the parking lots be reopened. They also demanded that the decision taken in the finance and contract committee (F&CC) to close both the parking lots should be discussed in the House meeting scheduled to be held in the last week of this month.