CN and heard: Two difficult to handle
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Struggling to respond to the first query put by the High Court, the Chandigarh Administration got caught in a fix as the High Court shot off another question. Both were related to the non setting up of Tribunals, one an Education and the second a school Tribunal. The difficulty got more intense as the Administration had no response to the non setting up of the Education Tribunal despite a judgment by eleven member Constitutional bench of the Supreme Court. The issue of not setting up an Education Tribunal came as a bigger embarrassment as the High Court Judge pointed out that it was an undertaking given by the Administration, given in 1998 but never fulfilled. Constrained, the High Court has now asked the Administration to respond to both the queries.
Chinks in Armour
The tiff between the BJP and the nominated councillors was out in the open after the decision of the nominated councillors to side with the Congress on the issue of stopping the construction of a day market at Mauli Jagran. However, the decision of the nominated councillors to hold an interaction with the media to clarify their stand could never take shape after most of them backed out, giving one reason or the other. Whether differences are developing amongst the nominated councillors who claim to be united on all issues is being speculated.
At the Panjab University elections, visible signs of a sense of resignation was seen amongst PUSU workers as early as three days before the elections. A senior PUSU leader admitted that they would not win the elections this year as well, because of the major jolt suffered by them last year. In the 2011 elections, SOPU had won by a margin of 1001 votes. PUSU had split into two factions after a rift between the leaders. Though attempts were made to consolidate the group this year, the huge margin was difficult to cover, even as SOPU was vehemently campaigning.
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