Deep Complex: Credit war between Cong, BSP leads to high drama

ChandigrahCouncillor Jannat Jahan (in black coat) along with residents of Hallomajra in Chandigarh on Sunday. Jasbir Malhi

High drama was witnessed at Deep Complex, Hallomajra, on Sunday as the area councillor, Bahujan Samaj Party's (BSP) Jannat Jahan, hijacked a dharna held by members of a residents welfare association that local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal was to address. Jahan addressed a meeting of her own following which the Congress MP gave the event a miss.

The credit war over providing basic amenities at Deep Complex has been going on for the past several months between the Congress and the BSP. The issue has led to showdowns between the two sides even at the meetings of the House in the past. With the construction at Deep Complex not regularised for over a decade, the area residents have no water or sewerage connections.

On Saturday, the Administration had given approval for providing sewerage lines in the area. Quick to take credit for the same, the Congress leaders claimed that it was after a delegation of people from Deep Complex met Bansal on Saturday that he took up the issue with the Administration and a decision was taken. A public meeting to be addressed by Bansal was announced then.

Following these developments, area councillor Jannat Jahan reached the site Sunday morning, where the Hallomajra and Deep Complex Welfare Association was to hold a dharna for their demands. Bansal was scheduled to address the gathering here.

"The Congress is trying to take credit for the work that I got done. If there is anyone to be thanked, it is UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil, due to whom permission for laying of sewerage lines has been given. I had even approached the Home Ministry with the problem. Now that the problem has been solved, the Congress is trying to take credit," Jahan said.

Congress leader Shashi Shanker Tiwari said the situation at Deep Complex turned tense after the BSP workers created a ruckus and the visit of MP Bansal was cancelled. He added that they have asked the members of the association to hold another event in the coming days which the Congress MP would attend.

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