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With own government in Rajasthan, BJP councillors target mayor

Monday, 23 December 2013 - 1:52pm IST | Place: Jaipur | Agency: DNA
After new govt, saffron party's councillors try to corner Khandelwal demanding inquiry into her decisions in last 4 years.

Jaipur mayor Jyoti Khandelwal seems to bear the brunt of defeat of all eight Congress candidates from Jaipur city as well as the wrath of BJP councillors of the Jaipur Municipal Corporation.

With change of power in the state, the BJP councillors are all set to corner the Congress mayor Khandelwal by demanding an inquiry into all administrative and financial decision taken by the mayor during the last four years.

Jyoti Khandelwal became the Jaipur mayor in 2009 after Ashok Gehlot led Congress government implemented the direct election of mayor in urban local bodies. JMC had a BJP board but Congress candidate Khandelwal became the mayor and this resulted in a continuous dispute as well as series of allegations and counter allegations in the urban body. There is resentment against mayor’s working not only in the BJP but also within her own party. Gehlot had initiated an inquiry on 27 points against Khandelwal by local funds audit department (LFAD) on allegations of corruption levied by Jaipur Bachao Sangharsh Samiti. The mayor got a clean chit in the case.

Now, the same Samiti is all set to submit a representation to the principal secretary (urban development) to re initiate inquiry against the mayor. Meanwhile, the BJP councillors have also decided to file a complaint against mayor Khandelwal to chief minister Vasundhara Raje.

Electricity committee chairman Sanjeev Sharma told dna that the BJP councillors will meet the CM to give a representation seeking an inquiry into the administrative and financial irregularities during the last four year tenure of the mayor. With this all the payments, decisions made at the round the table meetings, decisions taken by the Prashashan Shehron ke sang empowered committee and other matters taken up by the mayor in the last four years will be under scanner.

Sharma alleged that the mayor took decision on her own and had ignored Acts and laws as well as the opinion of BJP councillors.

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