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Posted at: Jun 15, 2019, 7:31 AM; last updated: Jun 15, 2019, 7:31 AM (IST)

Ahmedgarh MC strength drops, Ward No. 10 councillor resigns

Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 14

The strength of elected members of the local Municipal Corporation has fallen from 17 to 16 as the resignation submitted in a fit of rage by Ward No.10 councillor Renu Sood was accepted by the government.

The Local Bodies Department authorities have been advised to take necessary steps to look after arrangements following the vacation of the office of councilor. The Secretary, Punjab State Election Commission, Chandigarh, has been informed to initiate the process for election to the ward in due course of time.

Meanwhile, former councillor Renu Sood regretted that she had to submit her resignation as the civic body authorities had failed to provide ideal civic amenities to localities falling in her ward. “Though I had mentioned problems being faced by residents of my ward in my resignation, none of the officials in the Local Bodies Department ever bothered about listening to my plea,” said the former councillor, adding that she had always been loyal to the Congress party.

Municipal Council Executive Officer Chander Parkash said he had received the written resignation from Renu Sood on March 22, which was forwarded, in original, to the Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur, for necessary action.

A perusal of records revealed that the Secretary, Local Bodies Department, had accepted the captioned resignation acting under Section 15 of the Punjab Municipal Act, 1911. Besides informing Renu Sood, the office of the Secretary, Local Bodies, sent copies of the acceptance to the Director, Local Bodies, the Secretary Punjab Election Commission, the Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur, the Regional Deputy Director, Local Bodies Department, Patiala, the Superintendent (Elections), Office of Local Bodies Department, Punjab, Chandigarh, and the Executive Officer, Municipal Council, Ahmedgarh.

Investigation further revealed that Renu Sood was daughter-in-law of former president (Municipal Council) late Usha Sood and wife of a social activist Sanjay Sood. Sanjay Sood had led residents of Ward No.10 protesting against alleged apathetic attitude of the civic body authorities towards their long-pending demands like solution to overflowing sewerage and other amenities and Renu Sood had submitted her resignation as a token of protest.

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