Five Congress councillors of the Junagadh Municipal Corporation (JMC) resigned on Monday after the party repeated Girish Kotecha in the election to the post of deputy mayor for the fourth consecutive term.
Councillors Gajju Parmar,Razak Mahida,Manjula Parsana,Sehnaz Qureshi and Rajshi Ambaliya,who had prepared their resignation letters on Sunday,submitted it in the general board today soon after Kotechas re-election.
As the term of the deputy mayor and standing committee chairman had already ended,the elections to these posts were scheduled for today. These councillors demanded no-repeat policy for the two posts.
They demanded that either Mahida or Ambaliya be given the post of deputy mayor. They said that though elections to the posts of deputy mayor and standing committee are held every year,the party had been repeating Kotecha and Bhaga Rada respectively.
However,Mayor Lakhabhai Parmar rejected their demand,saying the state party in-charge for municipal corporations Narhari Amin had cleared the name of Kotecha for the post. Following this,the five councillors submitted their resignation letters to the mayor.
The mayor,when contacted,said he had yet not accepted their resignations and was persuading them to withdraw their letters.
Sources,meanwhile,said that even the mayor had made a representation to senior leaders not to repeat them otherwise the party might have to face consequences.
In a house of 51,the Congress has 27 councillors (including the five who resigned today) and is supported by three BSP members. The BJP has 21 councillors.