Congress meets Rahul, demands revival of Chief Commissioner post

Keen on change in the system of governance, the city unit of Congress in a meeting with Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi demanded revival of the post of Chief Commissioner. Another demand was to introduce the system of Mayor-in-Council in the city.

The Congress leaders as well as councillors met Gandhi at the UT Guest House and made the demands. At present the system of the Punjab Governor being the UT Administrator is followed. The leaders apprised Gandhi that the practice was started during the time of terrorism in Punjab for better co-ordination.

The issue had been taken up by the party with P Chidambaram when he came to the city in his capacity as the Union Home Minister. With the 'disturbed area' tag having recently been removed, the party leaders hoped that now some action would be taken on the proposal.

District president of the Congress H S Lucky said that during the meeting the need for having a system of Mayor-in-Council was also highlighted. This would give more powers to the Municipal Corporation. He added that Gandhi has asked them to give the demands to him in writing so that suitable action could be taken.

During the recent visit of Parliamentary Standing Committee to Chandigarh, people from different sections had raised these two demands. The unease with the present system of the Punjab Governor being the UT Administrator has come up time and again, with residents complaining of him being inaccessible.

Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Badheri raised the issue of the extension of lal dora and higher compensation for the land acquired. He also stated that while slum dwellers are being rehabilitated by the Administration there are no provisions for the villagers whose land is being acquired.

The Congress leaders highlighted how they had recently won the by-election at ward 7 despite there being an anti-Congress wave.

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