MC General House’s term expires
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The term of the Municipal Corporation (MC) General House expired today with a thanks note of Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura. However, the election of the new Mayor is yet to take place. Although the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) councillors, who are in a majority, have given the SAD president the right to to announce the name of the new mayor, this `formality' is yet to take place.
The busy schedule of Shiromani Akali Dal president and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal is the main reason for this delay. Sources revealed that the name of the mayor may be announced by September 15.
As of now, Pal Singh Grewal, who served as Finance and Contract Committee member during the 2007-2012 term, is trying hard to be the next mayor. However, at the same time even Hakam Singh Giaspura is trying hard for a second term.
In his thanks note after his term expired, Giaspura claimed that he had been instrumental in getting the problems of the masses solved. He even asserted that had worked above party lines for the development of the city.
Giaspura added that the Municipal Corporation officers too cooperated with him and even the opposition councillors had also praised him often in the General House. He claimed that he worked hard to collect funds for the development of the city. However, he failed to list even a single project where he was instrumental in collecting funds. The names of a few other Shiromani Akali Dal councillors, eg H S Golwaria and J S Sokhi, too are coming in the rounds for the post of mayor. But none of the aspirants were ready to accept the fact that they were in line for this post. Now the ball is in the court of the Deputy Chief Minister to make the announcement, pointed out sources.
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