Civic body’s Mango Festival flouts Section 144, deputy mayor alleges former commissioner was inefficient, mayor says nothing much
Ahmedabad: Even after being shunted out of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), the controversy surrounding former municipal commissioner Vijay Nehra and his actions are not ready to die down just yet.
On Tuesday, when Ahmedabad mayor Bijal Patel inaugurated the Mango Festival being held at GMDC Ground, she blatantly refused to answer any questions about Nehra and the COVID-19 outbreak.
However, sources say that a closed-door meeting was held soon after at the chief minister’s residence regarding Nehra’s exit from AMC and appointment in the rural development department. As soon as the meeting got over, Nehra took to his Twitter handle and said that he had taken charge of rural Gujarat.
“I have taken over as Commissioner & secretary, Rural Development, Gujarat on May 19. Looking forward to working with 33 district teams to implement the different central/state schemes for Rural Development,” he tweeted.
Meanwhile, AMC’s Mango Festival comes at a time when the city is still under Section 144 of the Indian Penal Code, which prohibits public gathering of more than four people at once. About 100 mango farmers from across the state have gathered at the GMDC Ground to selling their produce.
Meanwhile, deputy mayor Dinesh Makwana has alleged that Nehra did not do enough to curb COVID-19.
Makwana had earlier said that only screening was not sufficient to combat COVID-19 and that less number of tests were conducted when Nehra was commissioner.