The feud between the city Mayor and Congress councillor Mukesh Bassi continues unabated with Bassi issuing a statement on Thursday stating that he will be visiting Ward 5 to listen to the grievances of residents. Ward 5,incidentally,is Mayor Subhash Chawlas ward.
On Wednesday,Bassi had written to the Mayor accusing him of undue interference in his ward. Problems between the two have been out in the open after the Mayor visited the market in Sector 19,which is part of Bassis ward. The Congress councillor had termed the visit as being politically motivated.
In Thursdays statement,Bassi claims that numerous residents of Ward 5 had approached him with complaints and hence he will address them in the coming days. Taking potshots at Mayor Chawla,the Congress councillor alleged that the residents complaints include poor sanitation and broken roads,among others. He further said that the residents feared that an epidemic could spread in the area. Sensing the gravity of the problem and request of area residents,I will visit all the problematic parts of the ward including Sector 25 and Dhanas in a day or two, the statement reads.
In an earlier run-in,Bassi had accused the Mayor of not spending funds on the latters ward. The Congress councillor claimed that while he had spent close to Rs 14 crore for development work in his ward,the Mayor hadnt spent even half the amount for his constituents.
The chain of events highlights the growing factionalism in the Congress; it has become more pronounced after the rail bribery scam where the nephew of local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal was arrested while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 90 lakh.
Even while attending programmes,members of different factions are not present in each others events. In his letter,Bassi had accused the Mayor of creating groups in every single municipal ward. Meanwhile,president of Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee B B Bahl said that he will take up the issue with the councillors to settle the differences.