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Chandigarh: BJP leader steps up attack, demands mayor’s resignation

Dhawan said they were okay with the decision of closing the two parking lots only after the administration makes four more multilevel parking lots.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: May 14, 2016 5:30:38 am
Senior BJP leader Harmohan Dhawan (2nd from right) alongwith Traders addressing media during press conference in a hotel in Sector 7 of Chandigarh on Friday, May 13 2016. Express Photo by Kamleshwar Singh Senior BJP leader Harmohan Dhawan (2nd from right) alongwith Traders addressing media during press conference in a hotel in Sector 7 of Chandigarh on Friday, May 13 2016. Express Photo by Kamleshwar Singh

Stepping up his attack against Mayor Arun Sood, BJP leader Harmohan Dhawan on Friday demanded his resignation.

The fresh attack came even as senior BJP leaders are expected to take action against Dhawan for speaking against city unit chief Sanjay Tandon and mayor Arun Sood on the parking issue openly.

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Leading the traders of Sector 17 in their protest against the closing of the existing parking lots in the sector after the launch of the multi-level parking earlier this week, Dhawan held a press conference in which he said the two (Tandon and Sood) acted as dictators.

Attacking the mayor, he asked: “What was the sudden reason of getting the issue of closure of two parking lots in the Finance and Contract Committee meeting as a table agenda. Why did not he get it as a regular agenda.”

Dhawan said they were okay with the decision of closing the two parking lots only after the administration makes four more multilevel parking lots.

Referring to a case in the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2012, where there were plans of making two parking lots vehicle-free zone, Dhawan said the court had mentioned about the existing parking lots lying unused ,which was more of “criminal wastage of space”.

Sources said the state-level party leaders, along with the RSS members, will meet the senior leaders in Delhi for taking action against Dhawan.

When Dhawan was asked about the party taking action against him, he said: “I will comment only after action is taken.”

Party sources said the Sangh members are also upset with the party senior leader (Dhawan) speaking out publicly about his fellow party members.

On Wednesday, Dhawan held a press conference and slammed BJP chief Sanjay Tandon and Mayor Arun Sood stating that they were dictating decisions without discussing with anybody, especially the traders who are the stakeholders in the issue.

He stated that the two took the decision personally and did not bother to consult anybody. Terming the move as impractical and anti-trader, Dhawan said no one in the party was kept in the loop. He claimed that Tandon and Sood had a meeting with the traders in which they had promised not to close the parking lots.

However, the mayor had told that the agenda was passed in the House meeting as part of the smart city presentation.

Meanwhile, trader Subhash Kataria, said the mayor backed out from his stand and did not consult them on the issue. He said despite promises, the mayor did not the traders.

The traders said the adviser and MP are cooperating with them, but not the mayor. They also formed a human chain on Friday in protest. The traders said they would continue their protest.

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Proposal by traders

The traders of Sector 17 proposed the constitution of a committee with at least 50 per cent representation from Sector 17 market in consultation with the joint action committee. They also proposed that the surface parking be opened from 11.30am for visitors and customers. They also proposed that the traders, their staff and all other daily users be given parking stickers for the multilevel parking.

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