Chandigarh: House temperature rises as debate touches new low

Nominated councillor Aruna Goel, Cong councillor Subhash Chawla enter into heated argument; House proceedings adjourned.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: May 31, 2016 3:23:17 am
 chandigarh, chandigarh municipal corporation, chandigarh congress, aruna goel, subhash chawla, chandigarh civic body, indian express news, chandigarh news Congress councillor Subhash Chawla and nominated councillor Aruna Goel (right) during the MC House meeting in Chandigarh on Monday.

HIGH DRAMA was witnessed in the House meeting of the Municipal Corporation on Monday, with nominated councillor Aruna Goel and Congress councillor Subhash Chawla having a heated argument that led to the adjournment of the House.

Nominated councillors backing Goel and Congress councillor Gurbax Rawat supporting Chawla, too, joined the heated exchange. Rawat started crying, alleging misbehaviour at the hands of the nominated councillors.

The argument turned so ugly that Goel asked Chawla to behave properly, or else she would slap him. Just when Goel moved towards Chawla, raising her hand, his son who was sitting in the public gallery intervened, warning her not to touch his father. Mayor Arun Sood asked Chawla’s son not to intervene in the proceedings of the House, and adjourned the House.

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It all started with a minor issue when Goel told Chawla that he should speak only when Mayor Arun Sood allowed him to. On this, Chawla questioned who she was to intervene. This infuriated the nominated councillors. One of the councillors, M P Kohli, said, “This is not the way to speak. She is a nominated councillor of the House and should be given respect. The House should apologise.”

Chawla addressed the nominated councillors saying, “You are nominated councillors only. I have been into politics for the last 40 years.”

On this, all the nominated councillors flared up. It was then that Goel and Chawla entered into an argument. When Goel told Chawla that she would slap him if he continued this way, the latter retorted saying indirectly “if someone gives one, he or she will get four”.

Mayor Arun Sood, Commissioner Baldeo Purushartha and Joint Commissioner Rajiv Gupta immediately adjourned the House.

“Both Goel and Chawla were wrong. Also, Chawla’s son should not have come and intervened; that too near the Commissioner’s chair. It was illegal. The Commissioner said that he was lenient, else he would not have tolerated this,” said Sood.

The Congress councillors even tore off their copies of agenda of the meeting and that of Mayor Arun Sood in the beginning of the House meeting, alleging that Sood was not listening to them and the recording of the minutes of the previous meeting was wrong.

Policy matters affected

THE civic body had to discuss several important agenda items during the meeting which could not be done due to the high drama. Some of the important items pertained to a policy on fixing of paver blocks in the city, a policy on dumping malba on identified sites only and a policy on community centres wherein gyms are to be given to private companies. Since these items required a detailed discussion, the mayor deferred the items.

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