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BJP,Congress councillors jostle for space at Civic Centre

The fight for getting “desired” space at the Civic Centre has turned political with BJP leaders asking officials to re-designate “bigger” rooms to BJP councillors.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Published: May 8, 2012 1:42 am

The fight for getting “desired” space at the Civic Centre has turned political with BJP leaders asking officials to re-designate “bigger” rooms to BJP councillors. The mayors of North and South municipal corporations have also said they would be meeting Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to discuss space issues,staff crunch and other issues being faced by councillors in the wake of trifurcation.

North Delhi Mayor Meera Aggarwal has scheduled a ‘courtesy’ meeting with Sheila Dikshit. “We have been thinking to pay a courtesy call to the CM and we will discuss the problems we are facing,” Aggarwal said.

South Delhi Mayor Savita Gupta said she would be meeting the Chief Minister in a “personal capacity”.

Meanwhile,BJP leaders along with North Commissioner P K Gupta and South Commissioner Manish Gupta and town planning officials toured the floors of the Cvic Centre for the allotment of “bigger” rooms to the two corporations.

Currently,North and South corporations have been given the first,second and third floors — each have one-and-a-half floors in its share.

“We want all South Delhi councillors to sit on the first floor. Currently,I sit on the third floor and we are facing difficulties in communicating with each other. It would be easier if we were sitting on the same floor,” said Leader of the House (South) Subash Arya.

Mukesh Goel,Leader of the Opposition (North) and Farhad Suri,Leader of the Opposition (South),are occupying the room where former Congress Leader of the Opposition Jai Kishan Sharma used to sit.

“We were not consulted when BJP leaders toured the floors with officials. It is just high-handedness on the part of BJP that they have finalised the seating arrangement without consulting us,” said Goel. Suri said BJP leaders’ actions just showed that they do not want to take the Opposition into confidence while making decisions.

The jostle for space,it seems,will also delay the shifting of the City Zone office to the Civic Centre. City Zone office was to occupy the second and third floors of another block at the Civic Centre.

North Mayor Meera Aggarwal,however,said there was not enough space at the Civic Centre for the City Zone office. “This is the headquarters. When there is not enough space even for councillors how can the zonal office be shifted here? Secondly,zonal offices are public dealing areas. It would not be fit to get the zonal office shifted to the Civic Centre,” she said.

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