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Delhi: High drama in South civic body as AAP marks its presence

Matiala MLA Gulab Singh, among five members nominated to the SDMC, rose to speak for the first time and began listing his grievances against the MCD.

Written by Naveed Iqbal | New Delhi |
August 13, 2016 3:58:30 am
SDMC, digitalisation, online, building plans, Delhi, Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Delhi news, India news Matiala MLA Gulab Singh, among five members nominated to the SDMC, rose to speak for the first time and began listing his grievances against the MCD.

For the first time in the four years since the current House of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation got elected, the Aam Aadmi Party was in attendance in full strength Friday. In a discussion on cutting of roads by government agencies, Mayor Shyam Sharma first settled a tussle among BJP councillors and then between the House and seven AAP members, including two MLAs nominated to the House.

Matiala MLA Gulab Singh, among five members nominated to the SDMC, rose to speak for the first time and began listing his grievances against the MCD. “People are dying owing to building collapses because the MCD is allowing illegal construction. The roads are waterlogged and that is leading to accidents,” said Singh. Barely two minutes in, Congress and BJP councillors drowned his voice in a din of complaints against the AAP government.

“All your party has done is indulge in blame games. While we clean the drains, your departments have failed to even update your websites about de-silting. Safai karamcharis were not paid due to fund shortage that happened since AAP came to power. What happened to the promises made to them?” said Congress councillor Abhishek Dutt.

AAP’s leader in the House, Deshraj Raghav, said the party’s councillors had asked for an office in the civic headquarters but were yet to hear back from the Mayor. “… We have no place to sit,” said Raghav.

However, the Mayor did not respond to the councillors pleas and the AAP members assembled in the well of the House. The Mayor condemned the “unwarranted behaviour”, and the BJP moved a motion to constitute a committee as per a resolution moved by the Leader of the House Subhash Arya. The resolution alleged that the city government was “creating obstacles in the functioning of the SDMC”. The Mayor ordered that nominated members will now be called into the House after the day’s discussions so that the “decorum of the House can be maintained”.

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