Congress divided the country, now forking cities: former BJP minister Narottam Mishra

BHOPAL: The BJP convened an urgent meeting of the state unit of the party on October 10 to discuss the proposal for the delimitation of civic bodies and the fork of Bhopal and municipal corporations by the governed state government. BJP He described the measure as a tactic for political gain and claimed that Congress always believed in dividing the nation.

Congress has already been trying to divide the country. First (former PM) Jawaharlal Nehru divided the country despite cautioned by Gandhi ji. Congress also divided the country sometimes in the name of language and religion. Now, the party is trying to divide the city, said former BJP minister, on Wednesday.

Ahead of civic polls in the state, the BJP has called a meeting of all former ministers, mayors and present MLAs to discuss party strategy and next step in view of the proposals moved by the Congress government to bifurcate Bhopal and Indore municipal bodies.

The meeting will be chaired by state president Rakesh Singh. The party has called mayors and MLAs to discuss civic polls scheduled to be held in the month of January and February next year. The party would also discuss proposals moved by the Congress-led state government on indirect elections to the post of mayor, delimitation of civic bodies and bifurcation of municipal corporations, said BJP state media in-charge Lokendra Parashar.

According to reports, it is known that Bhopal district collector Tarun Pithode moved a draft proposal to divide (BMC) into two units for which the public invited the public to make suggestions on October 14. Another request was submitted by the Indore Congress unit to divide Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) into two separate units to increase the pace of development.

BJP said that bifurcation of BMC into East and West units with the Eastern Corporation having 31 wards and the Western Corporation having 54 wards, would create practical problems in distribution of common services like trenching ground, potable water, municipal debts and the ambitious Metro Rail project .

State public relations minister P C Sharma though, ruled out BJP's apprehensions and claimed that it would rather ensure speedy development in the capital. Sharma also cited bifurcation of municipal bodies in Delhi, Mumbai and even Pune where the corporation was divided in Pune and Pimpri units.

The fork would improve the pace of development. The smaller rooms will allow better control of civic bodies and ensure better services for residents. In addition, the workload would be divided and smaller rooms would be more comfortable to manage, Sharma justified.

With BJP and Congress engaged in war of words over the bifurcation issue, the government is yet to take a decision on the division of IMC where local Congress leaders were putting pressure on the local administration to prepare fresh proposal for the same.