I-Day bonanza for councillors; VIP entry,a cup of tea with CM

Councillors rued that last year they ‘were not given the right treatment’

Written by Goyal Divya | Ludhiana | Published:August 15, 2013 5:49 am

Call it a change in approach or an effort to make up for last year’s flaws,the district administration has made some special arrangements for councillors this year for the state-level Independence Day function to be held in SCD Government College grounds on Thursday.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will hoist

the national flag during the function.

Councillors say that they were not given the ‘right treatment’ last year. However,this year the district administration has made special arrangements for councillors. A separate seating arrangement too has been made at the venue.

The councillors have also received a special invitation card ‘for a cup of tea with CM Badal at 11.30 am at Sutton House in Punjab Agricultural University.’

“Last year councillors did not even get chairs to sit. Although most Congress councillors refused to attend the function but those who attended were treated very badly. SAD-BJP does not know how to respect opposition. But if this year there is some change then it is a welcome move,” said Parmider Mehta,Congress spokesperson.

However,he said,“While last year car parking passes were given to councillors,this year there is no parking facility and cars of councillors will be parked far from the venue due to the Chief Minister’s security cover.”

“Even if they have arranged a separate gate for our entry,how will we reach without our conveyance? We have got no parking passes this time,” he added. Not only the opposition but SAD councillors also agreed that the councillors were not given required stature in the programme last year.

“Seats were available for councillors. All chairs were taken away. We heard

this time special arrangements have been made for us,” said Harbhajan Dang,former councillor who was trying to cover up for the SAD administration. He is the husband of Surjit Kaur Dang,present councillor from SAD.

Meanwhile,BJP councillors too agreed that arrangements last year were not up to the mark. Inder Aggarwal,BJP councillor said,“Although its your personal wish to attend a function but councillors should get good treatment.”

“We have informed councillors about special arrangements this year. We got this message from district officials. Hopefully now there won’t be any issues,” said Naveen Malhotra,PA to Mayor.

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