EXPRESSING ANNOYANCE over her son’s remarks on the nominated councillors, Amrit Tewari, mother of former union minister and Congress leader Manish Tewari and a nominated councillor herself, said that she was against her son’s views. She said that nominated councillors were important part of the Municipal Corporation.
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A fortnight ago, Manish, during an interaction with mediapersons at his residence, had stated that the procedure of having nominated councillors in the Municipal Corporation should be done away with. He said he was not in favour of having nominated councillors when elected ones were already there. Coming as it did ahead of mayoral elections, the statement sparked off a controversy. His own party distanced itself from his remarks.
“The moment he came in my room and said that he had given such a statement, I just asked him to get out. Though that is his independent view and everybody has the freedom to give his opinion, I don’t agree with it. I even sent him an SMS again yesterday in this regard,” Amrit told Chandigarh Newsline.
In the message to her son, Amrit had conveyed her displeasure about the statement.
Favouring the procedure of having nominated councillors, she said, “I feel nominated councillors who are selected from various fields can do a lot for the city. As professionals, they can contribute a lot. Like I am a doctor, my fellow councillor Surinder Bahga is an architect. So we all can lend our expertise in the projects for the city.”
Talking to Chandigarh Newsline, Manish said, “We are a liberal family. She is entitled to her point of view. I respect her views. At the same time, I am entitled to my point of view.”
Sources said that after Manish made this statement, Amrit clarified her views before the nominated councillors when they met. At a meeting of the nominated councillors on Monday with regard to mayoral elections, there were discussions on the BJP’s unclear stand on the nominated councillors. “BJP is not standing in our support,” said a nominated councillor.
However, the BJP’s mayoral candidate Arun Sood said that his party was in favour of voting rights of the nominated councillors and it was rather the Congress leaders who had questioned the existence of the nominated councillors.