Jaipur Greater Municipal Corporation mayor’s suspension undemocratic, will fight: BJP

Jaipur, Jun 7 (PTI) The Rajasthan unit of the BJP has termed the suspension of Jaipur Greater Municipal Corporation Mayor Soumya Gurjar as a “dictatorial and undemocratic move” by the state government and said the party will fight a legal battle against it and protest.

The state government suspended the mayor of Jaipur Greater Municipal Corporation and three councilors late Sunday night for allegedly misbehaving with the municipal commissioner.

BJP state president Satish Poonia told reporters on Monday, “This is a dictatorial, undemocratic move of the government. BJP condemns it.” Poonia said that BJP will fight a legal battle against it and demonstrations will be held in all 250 wards of the city on Monday evening. The party will hold protests in all the mandals and municipal bodies in the state on Tuesday regarding this issue.

The BJP leader alleged, “The Congress was so sorry for the defeat in Jaipur that it was conspiring for a very long time. The ruling party used to discriminate first through committees and then in the matter of budget and it has culminated in this form yesterday.

He said that minor disputes between officials and public representatives are frequent but it does not mean that they turn into cases. Converting such a simple dispute into a criminal case is an example of the “Hitler Shahi” of the government.

It is noteworthy that after the formation of two corporations in Jaipur city, elections were held in November last year for the first time. Out of 150 wards of Jaipur Greater Municipal Corporation, BJP won in 88, Congress in 49 and Independents in 13 wards. Here Soumya Gurjar of BJP became the mayor.

It is alleged that during a meeting on Friday, there was a heated argument between Corporation Commissioner Yagyamitra Dev Singh and the Mayor. After this, the councilors allegedly misbehaved with the commissioner leaving the meeting.

The Autonomous Government Department has suspended Mayor Soumya Gurjar and Councilors Ajay Singh Chauhan, Paras Jain (all three BJP) and Shankar Sharma (Independent) in this case.

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