One of the nominated councillors,Surinder Bahga,on Wednesday launched a scathing attack,saying that the nominated councillors had become like the B-team of the Congress.
While withdrawing his nomination for the post of chairman of the Water Supply and Sewerage Disposal Committee,Bahga criticised the role of the nominated councillors in the functioning of the Municipal Corporation as well as that of the Mayor.
Bahgas statement brings the divisions between the nominated councillors out into the open. Bahga had filed the nomination for the election of the chairman of the sub-committee against another nominated councillor Dr Shagufta Parveen. Elections were scheduled for April 11. Dr Parveen had the support of the Congress and the nominated councillors. Though lobbying for the post was done,Bahga could not have garnered sufficient numbers to win.
In the letter withdrawing his nomination,Bahga said that last year,the BJP-SAD councillors had decided to boycott all committees and nominated councillors took the initiative to work out a consensus.
It was decided that due representation would be given to all,keeping in view their numbers in the House and the merit and performance of the councillors.
Bahga said that this was not adhered to. The letter states that while the present Mayor had then claimed that the dispute happened because of the inexperience of the former Mayor,he (Subhash Chawla) himself has done much worse.
Terming the nominated councillors as the B-team of the Congress,Bahga says that the people of Chandigarh expect them to play a non-partisan role and be neutral to work for the betterment of the city.
Nominated councillors,who were supposed to act like watchdogs to implement the jointly decided criteria,have themselves become claimants of many chairmanships or vice-chairmanships, he stated. He rued that the work he had done over the past one year has been negated.
Disputes between the nominated councillors had started earlier this year when Bahga reportedly did not vote for nominated councillor Sat Paul Bansal for the membership of F&CC. Another nominated councillor M P Kohli,while reacting to Bahgas letter,said,It was he who decided not to vote for a fellow nominated councillor. The eight of us are completely united and he is the only one standing apart. He is under the impression that the MC cannot function without him which is not the case. Our role is to keep a check,the officers are there to execute the work.
The nominated councillors have this year enmasse being supporting the Congress,whether it was during the Mayoral elections or voting pertaining to other decisions.