Chandigarh: The statement issued by Chandigarh Pradesh Congress Committee (CPCC) president Pardeep Chhabra for getting the affidavits signed by ticket aspirants for contesting the MC elections has evoked the controversy. Various congress leaders have termed it as an un-democratic and doubting the credibility of the worker decision.
However, Chhabra while clarifying the statement said, “I never said that the decision has been taken to sign the affidavit but it was just a proposal moved by someone during the party meeting. Taking such decision is not under my purview, it is for the party high command to decide.”
Though CPCC president denied of issuing such statement but it has already evoked the controversy and Chhabra is facing opposition within the party on this issue.
Congress leader Chandermukhi Sharma, an aspirant for ticket said while strongly opposing the move said, “Where lies the sanctity of such affidavits. It is a judicial paper which can only be submitted in governmental or legal institutions. Secodnly, what action legally can be taken if a person quits the party due to some reasons? This is very much un-democratic. Ardent Congress supporters like me have dedicated their 40 years to the party and such decision doubt the credibility of the party heads.”
Chandermukhi also said that this shows the failure of the party head that he could not keep the flock together because of which some of the congress supporters left the party earlier. “It is the failure of the leader that he allowed party workers to leave and join the other party,” said Chandermukhi while pointing CPCC president Pardeep Chhabra.
He also said that instead, they must work on getting the anti-defection law implemented. “We must elect Mayor, Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor by show of hands policy instead of secrets voting. This can bring change instead of invoking such decisions,” said Chandermukhi.
While talking to former Mayor Subhash Chawla, he was also of the opinion that party must work on getting the anti-defection law implemented and like Speaker is elected in Parliament, Mayor, Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor must also be elected by show of hands policy.
Chawla said, “Anti-defection law is the only solution. Affidavit is un-democratic implementation of which will create inside party rift. Like Mohali MC, we also must elect Mayor, Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor by show of hands policy.”
Chawla said that most of the MC follows the Parliamentary trend of electing the Mayor by show of hands. Here in Chandigarh MC, must follow the trend of election of speaker like in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
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