Kharar Congress MLA Balbir Sidhu,Mohali Municipal Council (MC) president Rajinder Singh Rana and other Congress-backed municipal councillors in the ruling group of Mohali MC threatened to move court against the state government today.
Addressing the media,Sidhu and Rana,along with councillors Rishav Jain,Amrik Singh Somal,Mukandi Singh,Suresh Kumar Lucky,Harwinder Kaur Lang and Usha Rani,accused the Director,Local Government (DLG),Punjab,of stalling development works in areas represented by the Congress-backed municipal councillors due to bias.
Sidhu,who is also an ex-officio member of the local civic body,said an estimated Rs 6 crore were tabled before a general house meeting of the MC held on December 31,2009,to undertake development works in different parts of the city. In the meeting,the SAD-backed Opposition group,which was in majority in the civic body,kept pending estimate of Rs 2.06 crore pertaining to development works in the areas of Congress councilors.
We were assured that all development works would be approved but to our surprise,the DLG approved the proceedings of the said MC house meeting, argued the MLA. He said that they will soon file a petition in the court to seek quashing of what he called was arbitrary and discriminatory decision.
Former MC senior vice-president Harman Preet Singh Prince,who represents the SAD-backed Opposition group,however,countered the allegations on the ground that during the last three years,when the Congress-led ruling group was in majority in the civic body,similar discrimination was meted out to the Akali councillors. We have done nothing wrong, said Prince,while demanding immediate resignation by the MC president on moral grounds.