The ruling Samajwadi Party Sunday found itself cornered during the Lucknow Municipal Corporation House meeting on the issue of sanctioning of funds for nine nominated corporators. Mayor Dinesh Sharma,after hearing the leaders from all the major parties and the Independent corporators,ordered that the old practice be continued.
Chaos erupted in the House when SP MLA (Lucknow Central) Ravidas Mehrotra suggested that elected corporators also be granted development funds as is given to the elected corporators. Immediately,protesting corporators from the opposition party surrounded him,leading the Mayor to suspend the House till lunch.
Earlier,on June 7,four nominated corporators had written to the municipal commissioner requesting that even they be granted development funds on the lines of elected corporators. While the role of the nominated corporators is to advice the corporation,they had argued that in absence of funds,they are unable to take up development works which are in the interest of the public. The elected corporators are allotted Rs 40 lakh per year as development fund.
On Sunday,when the issue was brought up for discussion,SP leader Yawar Hussain Yeshu said that the nominated corporators are not restricted to any particular ward and hence,if they are allotted funds,they can get pending works done.
However,BSP leader Ramu Pal questioned the timing of the proposal and said that it should not be passed. A similar opinion was voiced by Congress leader Mamta Chaudhary.
Since 1989,no nominated corporator has been given any fund,then why are they asking for it now, asked Congress leader Mukesh Singh Chauhan.
The House again witnessed unruly scenes when BJP corporator Saket Sharma,without naming anyone,said that a certain minister is forcing the proposal on the corporation. The opposition parties alleged that the nominated corporators owe allegiance to SP and hence if any fund is granted,it will be utilised only in those wards where the corporators owing allegiance to the ruling party have been elected. It has become a practice that the ruling party nominates politically active persons for the position of corporators, Chauhan said,adding that,of late,the role of the nominated corporators has been reduced to strengthening the voice of their parent party in the corporation.