MC general house passes agenda without reading it

Councillor

BJP-SAD councillors protest, call it 'death of democracy'

The last meeting of the general house of the Municipal Corporation for the year ended in haste with the agenda items, including those where policy matters had to be discussed, being passed without being read. Some of the agenda items passed were those that had been deferred in the last meeting as the House wanted explanations. While the councillors spent around three hours arguing on different issues, not a minute was spared for the agenda.

As the discussion on the agenda started, it was proposed by Congress councillor Subhash Chawla, backed by a few more councillors of the party, that the whole agenda be considered passed. As a perplexed Commissioner looked on and before the other councillors could react, the national anthem was started, signalling the end of the proceedings. After the national anthem ended, the BJP-SAD councillors registered a protest stating that the agenda items could not be passed in this manner.

There were a total of nine agenda items that were part of the meeting. Of these, two resolutions were withdrawn before the meeting started. Three agenda items pertained to policy matters. Some of the agenda items had financial implications, including hiring of 20 sanitation workers in each ward. The agenda for hiring 20 tractor-trolleys had been deferred in the last meeting as it was felt that the cost involved was quite high. This was among the agenda items that were passed.

Councillor Harjinder Kaur said, "Agenda items cannot be passed till each item has been proposed in the House. All the items cannot be considered passed as was done today. This is the death of democracy. We have registered a protest against this. The issues required a discussion."

Councillor Saurabh Joshi termed it a black day in the history of the Municipal Corporation. He said that while expenditure worth lakhs was incurred on holding meetings of the House, public money was being wasted if no discussion on issues took place. To mark their protest, the BJP councillors "boycotted lunch" at the meeting.

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