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The general house of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation which met, most probably for the last time, saw ruling Shiromani Akali Dal getting opposition from new quarters: BJP.
Not only allies BJP and SAD were seen differing on various issues but also SAD councillors themselves raised their voice against their party and sat on protest. The councillors also raised their voice against wrong timing of the meeting which started at 3.30 pm, giving no time for zero hour and a detailed discussion on the agenda.
Congress leader of opposition Hemraj Aggarwal said that "no doubt the wedding of the mayor's daughter scheduled for December 9 is very important but then the meeting should have been called after the wedding to discuss all in detail". However, the House decided to go with the agenda discussion and zero hour in a short time.
SAD councillor protests
Even before the beginning of the House meet, SAD councillor Tanveer Singh Dhaliwal, supported by Congress leader of opposition Hemraj Aggarwal and other Congressmen like Pal Singh Grewal, Balkar Singh and SAD councillor Paramjit Kaur Shivalik, sat on protest against the state government order barring the shifting of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) colonies to LMC.
With this order, colonies like Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Rajguru Nagar, Rishi Nagar and others are now neither under the purview of LIT nor MC.
Reacting to Dhaliwal's opposition against the government orders, the mayor announced that MC Commissioner Rahul Tewari would soon demand a clarification on the issue from the government, and funds and development works sanctioned for these colonies would not be stopped and work would continue like before.
New advertising policy draws flak
Opposing the new outdoor advertising policy which has been prepared by the MC's newly hired ad consultants — Mudra Advertising — BJP councillor Gurdeep Singh Neetu at the end of the meeting started raising slogans against the mayor and SAD for not presenting a detailed policy in the House. He was supported by Hemraj Aggarwal and other Congress councillors like Rakesh Prashar, Gurpreet Singh Gogi and others who alleged that the policy prepared was full of loopholes. They suspected a bungling of around Rs 200 crore as policy states granting of a tender for 15 long years to three contractors only. "Who has seen 15 years? First talk about coming five years. We are completely against this policy," Prashar told Newsline. Despite repeated opposition of the Congress and BJP, Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria declared the policy passed in the House.
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