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Mayor packs sub-panels with Congress Councillors

‘Favourites first’: Of the 12 sub-committees,councillors of the BJP-SAD alliance have just two members in six panels.

In what could put the BJP and Congress on a path to confrontation,the sub-committees constituted by the Mayor do not reportedly give sufficient representation to BJP members. In fact,in some sub-committees just two of the nine councillors are from the BJP-SAD alliance.

The proximity of the nominated councillors to the Congress seems to have served them well with most of them being part of three or more sub-committees. Both the BSP councillors and the independent councillor have been made members of four sub-committees each.

The names of members of the 12 sub-committees were recommended by the mayor. Three of the sub-committees were notified on Tuesday,while for nine others the members have been recommended and the list has been sent to the UT Administrator for approval. The term for the nine committees will end on April 10. While the Municipal Corporation has the power to notify three sub-committees,including roads,water supply and sewerage disposal and house tax assessment,the others have to be approved by the Administrator.

The sub-committees pertain to different departments under the purview of the civic body. Each councillor has to be made member of atleast two sub-committees.

Of the 12,BJP-SAD alliance councillors have just two members in six sub-committees. These include water supply,roads,environment and city beautification and electricity,ones most preferred by the councillors.

The committees pertaining to slum development and apni mandi that have no financial powers have four members of the BJP-SAD alliance.

The selection of the chairperson and vice-chairpersons of the sub-committees is done either through election or consensus among the members of the sub- panels.

With the BJP-SAD alliance not having adequate numbers in most of the committees,the chances of the party’s councillors heading the sub-committees is bleak.

The leader of the BJP in the House,Arun Sood,has been made a member of three sub-committees,including slum development,apni mandi and fire and emergency services. Two of the more vocal councillors of the BJP,Davesh Moudgil and Saurabh Joshi,have been made members of just two committees each. Among the Congress councillors,Pardeep Chhabra and H C Kalyan have been recommended to be members of four sub-committees each.

Mayor Subhash Chawla said that the recommendation of the councillors for the sub-committees has been balanced. Representation has been given to all the parties as well as the nominated councillors.

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Last year,when the sub-committees were constituted,the BJP councillors had tendered resignation from these stating that due representation had not been given. Later,the party’s councillors had been added to the committees.