In the latest episode of the MC vs UT saga, the Mayor and UT Adviser had a face-off again on Thursday, this time over whether the Chrysanthemum show should begin as per schedule on Friday. The Mayor won this round. However, uncertainty loomed large over the annual show till late on Thursday evening.
The Chrysanthemum show is organised by the Municipal Corporation. As some civic officials were injured in an accident recently, Adviser Vijay Kumar Dev told Mayor Poonam Sharma that no official function must be held till they recover.
The Mayor then told the Adviser that Chrysanthemum flowers have a short window at this time and expressed concern that rain may hamper the show if it was postponed. It was then the Adviser agreed to be the Chief Guest and MC officials received a go-ahead for the event.
The MC also made it a point to get the name of chief engineer Mukesh Anand, printed on the invitation card as the host.
On Tuesday, some MC officials, including Chief Engineer Mukesh Anand, were seriously injured when the vehicle in which they were travelling was hit by a car at Bhagomajra. The chief engineer’s vehicle was part of a convoy of UT officers who were going to Kajauli water works.
For the show, two cards have been printed — one for the inaugural ceremony with Municipal Commissioner Baldeo Purushartha’s name as the host and second for the concluding ceremony in which Mukesh Anand is mentioned as the host.
Sharma said, “The Adviser was of the view that the show can be held a few days later because our officials were injured. But the problem was that rain is forecast and the flowers blossom these days only. The public is looking forward to the show.”
She added, “So, he agreed to the be the chief guest. I have been visiting PGI to check on the officials, they are fine now.” The MC officials were so unsure of the celebrations that even the invitation cards were printed at the eleventh hour. The memento for the Adviser was also decided Thursday. Officials convinced the Adviser that people had already reached to showcase the flower varieties. Over 200 varieties of Chrysanthemum will be displayed.
The three-day Chrysanthemum show will kick off on Friday at the Terraced Garden, Sector 33.