Office bearers of some associations at the Grain Market,Sector 26 joined the Congress in a function held on Saturday. Among those who joined were the chairman of Market Committee Dinesh Mahajan,President,Subzi Mandi Aarthi Committee,Digvijay Kapoor and Vicky Sharda.
Interestingly raids had been conducted a few months back by the UT Administration and records of the firm run by Dinesh Mahajan were seized. The Administration had claimed to find evasion of market fees of Rs 25.29 lakh. Following this Mahajan was removed from his post. However,he went to court and got a stay. Mahajan was an executive member of the BJP. While Digvijay Kapoor was associated with senior BJP leader Harmohan Dhawan,he has now switched sides.
Union Minister for Railways Pawan Kumar Bansal,president of Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee B B Bahl along with other Congress leaders were present on the occasion.
Bansal while addressing the gathering stated that Chandigarh should have a number of fruit and vegetable malls. There is a need for more than one wholesale market for fruits and grains. He highlighted that the Street Vendors Policy will soon be approved.
Meanwhile Mayor Subhash Chawla said that the members of the market committee who are part of the Congress have intervened every time that the Administration has been unfair towards the people working in the grain market.
The demand for shifting the Grain Market to another location was raised. It was stated that over the years the space available for the market is proving to be less. There is a need for expansion of the market.
Reacting to people joining the Congress,president of city unit of Bharatiya Janata Party Sanjay Tandon said that the Chandigarh Administration was creating pressure on the activists of BJP by registering cases against them and compelling them to join the Congress party so as to get relief from such cases.
Tandon said that few days back the Chandigarh Administration under the pressure of Congress registered a case against the Chairman of Market Committee. When the directors of Market Committee protested against the registration of this case,Director Subhash Randhawa was also threatened that a case would be registered against him as he protested against a government body for which he is also a director.
Tandon further alleged that when the allegations were made against Mahajan,the party strongly asked him to resign from the Chairmanship of Market Committee and come out clean of all these allegations. But the Congress party supported him and proved that they are promoting corruption at every level.