September 27, 2020

Mayor waits for deputy’s next move

Patna: The strain between Patna mayor Sita Sahu and her deputy Vinay Kumar Pappu refuses to subside.

The Telegraph had reported on Monday how a war is brewing between the Patna Municipal Corporation duo as they trade allegations against each other over varied things.

Sahu has now decided to call a meeting of the ward councillors to make them understand her part of the story but she would call the meeting only after two or three days.

“I would call the councillors’ meeting after two or three days. Right now I want to see the deputy mayor’s next step. I would wait and watch as of now,” said Sahu on Monday.

She, however, added that she was getting her reply to the deputy mayor’s letter readied which he had sent to her on April 18.

“The deputy mayor had written a letter to me raising questions on how I could write a letter directly to deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi for the appointment of the controller of municipal finance and accounts and did not write a letter to the urban development and housing department authorities first on this issue besides raising some other points. I am getting my reply readied on this and would soon send it to the deputy mayor. So far as my treatment towards ward councillors is concerned, on which the deputy mayor has raised questions, there is nothing wrong. In fact, I share a good rapport with all the councillors even with those who are in the opposition,” added Sahu.

She also expressed displeasure on the deputy mayor’s acts.

“At a time when we have to devote ourselves to make Patna clean and smart, the deputy mayor is engaging in frivolous issues. We have heard about his frictions with former mayor Afzal Imam and others. He should not repeat it again,” added Sahu.

Repeated calls to Pappu went unanswered but sources close to the deputy mayor said he was avoiding to talk on the issue that is in public now.

On Sunday Pappu had raised questions on Sahu’s style of functioning saying that the first lady mayor of the city is ignoring the councillors and is working against the rulebook.

Sahu, on the other hand, had said that the deputy mayor was creating hurdles in civic works and had a negative attitude towards development projects of the civic body.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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