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Chandigarh: Nine nominated councillors take oath amid Opposition protest

AAP, Congress members boycott ceremony | Trade barbs with BJP

Chandigarh: Nine nominated councillors take oath amid Opposition protest

From left: (Front row) Nominated councillors Dharminder Saini, Geeta Chauhan, Mohinder Kaur, Amit Jindal, Dr Naresh Panchal, Satinder S Sidhu, and (back row) Anil Masih, Dr Ramneek S Bedi and Umesh Ghai.



Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 28

Amid protest by the Opposition, nine nominated councillors were administered oath of office by Deputy Commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh at the Municipal Corporation (MC) House here today.

New members saffron outfit sympathisers

Their appointment is illegal. It is a murder of democracy. They should be experts in various fields, not BJP sympathisers — Prem Lata, AAP Councillor

Both AAP as well Congress councillors boycotted the ceremony, alleging the nominated councillors had association with the ruling BJP.

Wearing black ribbons, AAP councillors sat on the floor outside the Mayor’s office and raised slogans against the BJP. City AAP chief Prem Garg was also seen outside the Mayor’s office.

AAP councillors stage a protest outside the Mayor’s office. Ravi Kumar

Later, when the House meeting started, the Opposition councillors halted their protest. Some AAP councillors had heated arguments with BJP members as well as with the nominated ones.

Attacking the nominated councillors during the meeting, AAP’s Prem Lata said: “Their appointment is illegal and they are from the BJP. It is a murder of democracy.”

“Only those having expertise in different fields should have been nominated. They should not be BJP leaders or sympathisers,” said the AAP councillor. She along with other party councillors marched to the well of the House in protest. Nominated councillors Geeta Chauhan and Mohinder Kaur even walked up to Lata to rebut her claims. They said they had expertise in varied fields, based on which they had been named by the Governor. BJP councillors, who had heated exchanges with AAP members, hit back saying they had not been appointed by the Punjab Governor or UT Administrator. “When we were in the Opposition, we respected the boundary and didn’t break tradition with regard to nominated councillors. These all are ‘navratnas’ and come from diverse backgrounds to guide the House. AAP councillors are good at heart, but have a political compulsion to protest,” said BJP councillor Saurabh Joshi. The nominated councillors are Geeta Chauhan, Anil Masih, Dr Ramneek Singh Bedi, Amit Jindal, Umesh Ghai, Satinder Singh Sidhu, Dr Naresh Panchal, Dharminder Saini and Mohinder Kaur.

Nod to rebuild Faidan bridge

The MC House approved Rs 1.75 cr for reconstruction of a foot overbridge at Faidan village. Due to heavy rainfall and flooding in Faidan choe during this year’s monsoon, the bridge had got damaged and abutment on side had tilted.

Rs 6.4 cr for sewer clearing machines

The MC House prepared a rough cost estimate of Rs 6.40 crore to buy latest machines/equipment for sewer cleaning. These include two machine hole cleaning robots.

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