“Guwahati Mayor lacks vision," alleges BJP Councillor
GUWAHATI: Mrigen Sarania, the councillor of ward number 10, is the city’s mayor and some councillors (even from his own party – the BJP) feel that he lacks vision and has no plans for the development of the city.
A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) councillor, talking to G Plus in condition of anonymity said, “The present mayor has not submitted any plans or proposals to the state or central government for pitching any developmental projects in Guwahati.”
The councillor revealed that the mayor is close to the present chief minister and therefore, enjoys the present stature and is only busy welcoming VVIPs at the airport.
Another councillor from a different party said that in cities like Mumbai and Delhi, the mayor works day and night to resolve issues and plans the progress of the city. Even the bureaucrats in those cities are guided by the mayor. But in Guwahati, the mayor only depends on the decisions and plans made by the local body officials.
He further said, “The mayor instead requests the GMC officials only to favour people known to him for various tenders.”
It needs to be mentioned that Mrigen Sarania became the mayor in 2016 after BJP came to power in the state. In 2013, Late Abir Patra was the mayor as, at that time, Congress had 19 councillors, BJP had 11 and AGP had only one councillor. In 2016, three Congress councillors converted to BJP and with the votes of one MP and 4 MLAs, Mrigen Sarania became the mayor.
Sources in the BJP revealed that Mrigen Sarania’s name as GMC mayor was suggested by chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
GMC Mayor Mrigen Sarania | G Plus Photo