Boy­cott done, Sidhu now dis­plays broth­erly love with mayor Rintu

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HINDUSTANTIMES HTPUNJAB - Sur­jit Singh

AM­RIT­SAR: Af­ter show­ing re­sent­ment against his party Congress’ govern­ment over not con­sult­ing him in se­lec­tion of may­ors of three cities, local bod­ies min­is­ter Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tues­day reached the of­fice of the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion here and for­mally made Karamjit Singh Rintu sit in the mayor’s chair. Rintu, whose elec­tion came about amid a boy­cott by Sidhu and his camp’s coun­cil­lors, had gone to Sidhu’s house to ac­com­pany him to the MC of­fice, where the min­is­ter also in­au­gu­rated a health camp. No other MLA from Am­rit­sar at­tended, though.

Rintu, while ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing of MC staff, used a Pun­jabi anal­ogy, “Some­times, a uten­sil slips from your hands and it causes an echo. But neigh­bours or op­po­nents pro­ject it as fight. There is noth­ing like a fight here, in fact.”

Rintu termed Sidhu his elder brother, who in turn called him his younger brother and clar­i­fied his stance, “My fight has never been per­sonal, but that of ide­ol­ogy and demo­cratic ethos.” He said “noth­ing will stop the devel­op­ment of the city” to which, he said, he gives due re­spect “ow­ing to its re­li­gious and his­tor­i­cal im­por­tance”.

“Now, when the Congress has got the reins of the civic body, I am here to re­lease all kinds of aid,” added Sidhu, sanc­tion­ing Rs 9 crore for var­i­ous pur­poses, in­clud­ing a clean­li­ness drive. He said he would kick­start the drive on Wed­nes­day from the houses of san­i­ta­tion work­ers.

MC com­mis­sioner Son­ali Giri and health of­fi­cer Dr Raju Cho­han were present too.

With the Rs 9 crore, the fol­low­ing works will be done: Rs 1.25 crore for sup­ple­ment­ing ab­sence of 345 em­ploy­ees in the work­force; Rs 20 lakh for 10 suc­tion ma­chines; 125 hand rick­shaws to be bought; Rs 10 lakh for uni­forms, safety masks and gloves for work­ers. But a ma­jor chunk is the Rs 7-crore pay­ment to the firm SL Hitachi as or­dered by the Na­tional Green Tri­bunal.


Local bod­ies min­is­ter Navjot Singh Sidhu with mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu at the MC of­fice in Am­rit­sar on Tues­day.

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