January 15, 2015 1:36:27 pm
More than two years after the MC elections, Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria on Wednesday nominated two councillors, Balkar Singh (Congress) and Jagbir Sokhi (Akali Dal), to Financial & Contractual Committee (F&CC) of the Municipal Corporation.
However, the move has come under fire from its ally- Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which termed it as “unconstitutional” and has already filed a petition with the Punjab and Haryana High Court against Mayor, MC commissioner and secretary questioning that how two councillors can be nominated by Mayor without the approval of the House. The hearing in the case is scheduled for January 19.
It is to be noted that during the House Meeting on December 20, an agenda was moved to elect two councillors to F&CC and the Mayor proposed that if the House agrees and gives him the power, he can nominate two members.
But there was opposition from councillors of BJP, Bains group and even Congress councillors said that proper elections should be held to elect two councillors.
However, as per the copy of the passed agenda sent to local bodies minister (a copy is with Ludhiana Newsline), it has been written that ‘majority of councillors with show of hands have empowered the Mayor to nominate two councillors to F&CC.’
Then BJP on December 29 wrote to local bodies minister Anil Joshi stating that ‘information is completely false and no power was given to Mayor to nominate two members.’ Later BJP also moved to HC for the same.
F&CC committee is responsible for passing all financial decisions of MC and commissioner, Mayor, deputy mayor and senior deputy mayor are its ex-officio members. The Punjab Municipal Act 1976 says that two councillor members also need to be elected.
BJP termed the action as ‘dictatorship of Akali Dal’ and said that ‘Congress and Akali Dal are hands in glove.’ “Councillor Inder Aggarwal said, “The move is completely unconstitutional and Mayor by nominating an Akali Dal and Congress councillor, that too without approval of house has proved that Congress and SAD are hands in glove. We have informed minister Anil Joshi and HC hearing is awaited.”
Contacted, Mayor said that ‘he has taken decision after House’s approval.’ “I was granted power to nominate on December 20. I would not like to comment on BJP as they are our allies,” he said.
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