In the battle over whose capital is it, there is now a third claimant to Chandigarh apart from Punjab and Haryana. And this time, it’s Chandigarh itself.
After Punjab and Haryana staked claim over the union territory through special assembly sessions, it is now the Chandigarh civic body’s turn to call a special house meeting to pass a resolution seeking retention of UT status and its own vidhan sabha. To that effect, the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has called a special house meeting on April 7.
Chandigarh mayor Sarabjit Kaur Dhillon confirmed the news and told News18, “We have asked all 35 councillors in the civic body to seek opinion from their respective wards and, on April 7, a special house meeting has been called where a resolution will be moved to express sentiments that Chandigarh should remain a UT with a vidhan sabha.”
Echoing Dhillon’s sentiments, Chandigarh BJP president Arun Sood said, “We support the special house meeting that is expected to pass a resolution. We also want to thank home minister Amit Shah for including Chandigarh employees under central service rules, and also for the projects worth Rs 600 crore inaugurated in the city.”