Tension mounts as Cong, BJP rallies come face to face

Newly elected mayor to stage a sit-in on several issues on Saturday

A day after the Congress wrested the mayoral seat from the BJP in the just-concluded Haridwar Municipal Corporation election, a major clash was averted on Thursday after the supporters of the two parties came face to face during rallies taken out by them. Police claimed that their timely intervention had stopped things from erupting into violence. Tension ran high as the two victory rallies-one led by the newly elected mayor  Anita Sharma and BJP councilor Rajeev Sharma- confronted each other near Laltarao bridge on the day. The situation turned tense when the two rallies with activists from both yelling slogans against each other came nearly face to face. Police said that they had stepped into the scene promptly as the possibility of a confrontation was high. The Congress leader and former councilor Ashok Sharma who is also the husband of the newly elected mayor Anita Sharma alleged that the saffron camp was fuming as all its efforts to lure the voters by unfair means had come to a cropper in the face of the people’s determination to elect a Congress mayor. “However, we are not for confrontation. We would seek cooperation from the chief minister in the interest of the city. We are resolved to make Haridwar a corruption- free and drug- free city. To meet the expectation of the people who have elected us to run the corporation, we are ready to go any extent.  We need the support of the state government and the chief minister, in particular,” he said.

State government to wake up to the problems plaguing the city: Anita Sharma

Meanwhile,  the newly elected Haridwar mayor Anita Sharma said that her main focus would be better solid waste management and to make the holy city clean. She further said that she would lead a sit-in at Har Ki Paidi at 10 am on Saturday against the wastewater being discharged into Ganga. “Besides, the issues of garbage found strewn around the fabled ghats and the stray dog menace would be taken up during the sit-in,” she said and added that they would seek to draw the attention of the state government to these matters. “We want the state government to wake up to the problems plaguing the city,” Sharma said. She also urged the people living in the city to join her in taking up these problems with the state government to force it out of its slumber. “We would go all-out to rise up to the confidence the people of the city have reposed in us through the mandate,” she added. read more posts… Friday, 23 November 2018 | PNS | Haridwar

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