Kusum Arora , Jalandhar, September 6:-Jalandhar MC budget passed. Amidst chaos, the stormy and the last Rs 537 crore budget of SAD-BJP ruled Jalandhar Municipal Corporation was passed here on Wednesday evening. The budget was hanging fire for the last six months. The MC also passed Rs 3500 crore development projects and announced to hire as many as 535 Safai Karamcharis in the civic body. Among the major projects passed by the MC included bringing Beas river water from Miyani village through water pipes for consumption in the civic body limits.The over two hour long budget meet witnessed pandemonium in the house with not only the congress councilors but even those from SAD and BJP taking on Mayor Sunil Jyoti. This was the last MC meeting, as the tenure of the house would be concluding on September 25. The previous MC budget meeting was held on March 31 but the budget could not be passed. Interestingly, none of the congress MLAs took part in the house meeting today. However, during the previous budget meet, all the MLAs were present.Chairing the house meeting, Mayor Sunil Jyoti remained adamant on his stand that the budget should be passed first while debate on key issues could be held later. However, congress councilors led by leader of the opposition Jagdish Raj Raja and others contended that zero hour should be included first and the budget should be passed later. As both the parties were at loggerheads with each other, the mayor suspended the house proceeding for around 30 minutes. At this time, the SAD-BJP councilors raised anti-Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh slogans while the congress raised voice against the mayor.Expressing his stand, Sunil Jyoti said that during the previous meeting, budget could not be passed, as he allowed time for zero hour first. “This led to around seven hour long zero hour till late night and the budget was not passed. Entire city’s development came to a halt all these months”, he said.Earlier, talking to the media, leader of opposition Jagdish Raj Raja said, “Punjab government has shot off a letter to mayor on May 22 that the MC budget was passed provided he takes permission from the house. But, the mayor deliberately did not bring the letter in public. I wanted to ask mayor today that what prompted him to conceal this letter? Moreover, we wanted a debate on many of the previous issues, as the MC Commissioner was appointed recently and he was not aware of the past incidents.” Raja also said that the mayor avoided a confronting situation, as the house had 23 SAD-BJP councilors while the number of congress councilors had risen to 25, which would have made it difficult for him to pass the budget.
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