The functioning of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Shimla Municipal Corporation came under attack on Friday, with the councillors demanding the resignation of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

The Congress councillor’s right at the onset of the start of the third general house meeting created ruckus and claimed that both the Mayor Kusum Sadrate and Deputy Mayor Rakesh Kumar Sharma had lost the mandate of the house as 12 Congress and 15 BJP councillors had signed a letter seeking removal of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

They threatened that the house will not be allowed to resume till both do not tender their resignation.

The Congress councillors raised slogans disrupting the functioning of the house and staged a walkout.

Blaming the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor for the recent acute water crisis in Shimla city, the Councillors charged them of negligence.

The BJP councillors accused of inept functioning of the civic body.
BJP councillor Shalinder Chauhan, raising objection said, “The issues of the civic body were being directly brought into the house without passing them through the Finance Committee (FC), where the councillors are also the members. If the officials have to take the decisions themselves, then they should be made to run the house.”

Shalinder Chauhan supported by other four BJP councillors also staged a walkout on the issue. The house was adjourned for a few minutes; however, the Congress councillors boycotted the next house.

The house resumed in the absence of Congress councillors, wherein it was decided to send the proposal for approval to the Finance Committee and Planning Committee (FCPC) for new vehicles for the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, raising the honorarium of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and the Councillors and car parking near Indira Gandhi Medical College.

It is pertinent to mention that Mayor Kusum Sadrate was recently under dire by the Congress as well as BJP councillors and general public, when she chose to visit China for a conference in the midst of unprecedented water crisis in Shimla last month.