BJP-SAD councillors tendered resignation from the 12 sub-committees of the Municipal Corporation on Thursday to protest against the alleged illegal constitution of these sub-committees. The councillors went to the Punjab Raj Bhawan to submit their resignations.
The sub-committees of the civic body hold discussion and take decisions on number of areas including city beautification,sanitation,water supply,roads,slum development,etc. The BJP had earlier raised the issue that the practice of authorizing the Mayor to constitute sub-committees should be stopped. Following this the sub-committees were sent to the UT Administration for approval. The Administration notified the sub-committees.
President of the city unit of BJP Sanjay Tandon said that earlier the appointment of 9 nominated Councilors was totally unfair and unjust and there after the Mayor illegally constituted 12 committees,9 out of which were dissolved on the complaint of opposition councillors by the Secretary local body.
He said that it was unfortunate that Administrator again endorsed the committees illegally constituted by Mayor,which were in total discrimination with the opposition councillors. He further said that under the political pressure of local MP the Administrator has illegally endorsed the committees constituted by the Mayor.
The BJP-SAD councilors said that they we are the largest group in the House,but due representation in committees was not given to them which was a murder of democracy. They further said that of the 12 sub-committees,Congress councillors were chairpersons of five committees and vice-chairpersons of seven. Even nominated councillors had been given more representation than BJP-SAD.
The councillors alleged that the Congress was misusing the office of the Administrator and Mayor by adopting the dictatorial and biased attitude denying the verdict of the people of Chandigarh in favor of BJP-SAD.