The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation passed a resolution on Thursday, seeking continued status as a union territory for the city and an assembly for it during a walkout of Congress and Aam Aadmi Party members.
The decision was cleared only because of the presence of Bharatiya Janata Party councilors.
The House also passed a resolution asking the Center to keep Punjab and Haryana as their own capital cities. At present, Chandigarh plays a role for both the states.
The issue arose after Punjab and Haryana called a special assembly session in Chandigarh on their respective demands.
In this regard, a special meeting of the municipality was held on Thursday.
“All the councilors of the Civic Body sought views from their respective wards and in today’s special House meeting we have passed a resolution expressing the feeling that Chandigarh should have a UT with an assembly. During the meeting, the House thanked Union Home Minister Amit Shah for allocating projects worth around Rs 600 crore to UT and for bringing in central service rules for UT employees. It has benefited more than 1 lakh UT workers in the city, “said BJP councilor Mahesinder Singh Sidhu.
The AAP-ruled Punjab convened a one-day special session of the state assembly on April 1 where a resolution was passed to transfer Chandigarh to the state immediately.
Four days later, the Haryana Legislative Assembly, where the BJP is in power, passed a resolution urging the Center not to take any steps to disrupt the existing balance and maintain harmony until all issues arising out of the restructuring of Punjab are resolved.
Chandigarh BJP president Arun Sood said, “We support the special house meeting that passed a resolution. We would also like to thank Home Minister Amit Shah for the inclusion of Chandigarh employees under the Central Service Rules and for the Rs 600 crore projects inaugurated in the city. “
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