Delay in development works? Blame it on Guddali Puja

Corporator Sandesh Swamy seeks a ban on Guddali Puja as it delays development works due to non-availability of MLAs and ministers.

Corporator Sandesh Swamy has sought a ban on the practice of ‘Guddali Puja (ground breaking ceremony) citing unnecessary delay in developmental works.

Speaking at the council meeting here on Friday, Swamy said that developmental works could not wait for MLAs and ministers to be initiated. Many works to be carried out at various wards, he added, were pending as MLAs do not have time to perform Guddali Puja.

“What is the point in performing puja if the launch of developmental works is postponed? Many works in my ward have been delayed. Several works have not taken off as the MLA is not available for Guddali Puja. So it is better to do away with it. Let the works begin straight away,” he said.

Earlier, the council meeting was postponed to August 4 but it was rescheduled to Friday so that MCC Commissioner Dr C G Betsurmath who is retiring on July 31 could attend the meeting.

Corporators expressed their disappointment over not being invited to state functions. Sandesh Swamy, who raised the issue, said that he was not invited to the inauguration of police quarters that took place in his ward last week where the chief minister was the guest. Stating that it was not the first time that elected representatives have been neglected, he said that in future corporators and MCC officials should boycott all state functions.

He said he was not invited to the event despite carrying out many developmental works in Jalapuri and Jackie quarters where police personnel have been put up. BJP Corporator Jagadish Prasad, Congress Corporator Prashanth Gowda and JD(S) Corporator and former Mayor R Lingappa joined Swamy in targeting the district administration over the issue.

MCC Commissioner C G Betsurmath said Department of Personal Reforms sends a protocol list for all state events and it would have no mention of local corporators. However, he said the MCC could pass a resolution and send it to the government stating that local corporators should be mandatorily invited. The council passed a resolution to install a bust of Dr Shivarathri Rajendra Swami near Gun House to mark his birth centenary celebrations.

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