Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, February 10
Infighting in the city unit of the BJP turned murkier after a woman councillor of the party, Farmila, reportedly tried to assault Mayor Rajesh Kalia with a mike at a public function at Shahpur Colony near Dadu Majra today.
Farmila denied the allegation and said she just snatched the mike from the Mayor as he was using “insulting language” in his speech.
The Mayor alleged that she not only tried to hit him, but also used derogatory language for him. The Mayor and Farmila later lodged complaints against each other with city BJP president Sanjay Tandon and party incharge Dinesh Kumar.
The incident occurred 10 minutes after Tandon left the venue after addressing a gathering. Local BJP leaders had organised a function in the colony and had invited Tandon, Mayor Rajesh Kalia and local councillor Farmila to raise their issues before them. The ruckus started soon after Tandon left the venue.
When Kalia started his speech, Farmila stood up and started moving out of the venue. Seeing her going out, the Mayor requested her to stay and raise the issues, which reportedly angered her. Both of them engaged in a verbal duel in front of the public, which was recorded by some leaders.
In the video, that was circulated on the social media, Farmila was seen snatching the mike from the Mayor and trying to hit him. However, some leaders prevented her from doing so.
Farmila said how could a woman tolerate her insult in front of the public. She said when the Mayor was using insulting words for her, she snatched the mike to express her point of view. Tussles between Farmila and Kalia are not new. Farmila was also in the race for the post of Mayor, but the party chose to field Kaila. Farmila had supported another party councillor Satish Kainth, who contested against Kalia. While Kainth refused to budge, Farmila later supported Kalia under party pressure.
Both submit complaints against each other
Councillor Farmila denied the allegation that she attempted to hit the Mayor and said she just snatched the mike from the Mayor as he was using “insulting language” in his speech. The Mayor alleged that she not only tried to hit him, but also used derogatory language for him. The Mayor and Farmila later lodged complaints against each other with city BJP president Sanjay Tandon and party incharge Dinesh Kumar.
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