My life has been a struggle, I’ll fight this case, too: Somya Gurjar | Jaipur News


JAIPUR: The state government on Tuesday dismissed BJP’s Somya Gurjar from the post of JMC-Greater mayor and barred her from contesting elections for the next six years after an inquiry found her guilty in a June 2021 case.
In a late night order, the department of local bodies appointed Sheel Dhabai, BJP councillor from Ward 60 as the new mayor of JMC-G. The post is reserved for a woman from the OBC community. She has been chosen for her experience, seniority and the majority of the party in the corporation’s board, the order said. The appointment is made for the next 60 days or until further orders are issued.
The state government’s order to dismiss Gurjar came three days after the Supreme Court gave its nod to act in the case in which Gurjar and three councillors had assaulted a former commissioner of the corporation.
A Tuesday morning order issued by Hridesh Kumar Sharma, director and joint secretary of the department of local bodies, states that a judicial investigation on Somya Gurjar had found her guilty on August 10, 2022.
“Keeping in view the findings of the inquiry and using powers stated in sections 39 (4), 41 and 43 of the Rajasthan Municipality Act 2009, Somya Gurjar is being dismissed from the post of mayor and will be barred from contesting elections for the next six years,” the order said.
Soon after, the name plate outside Gurjar’s office in the corporation headquarters was defaced by unknown persons.
Protesting the vandalism, deputy mayor Puneet Karnawat wrote to Mahendra Soni, JMC-G commissioner, and asked him to take action against those responsible for the act.
“The government has issued an order which has been accepted by the erstwhile mayor, but such an act of defacing the name plate is disgraceful and reprehensible. This order is not the end, it can be challenged in the court of law. We will approach the high court to challenge this order and we will see who wins the matter,” Karnawat said.
Reacting to the order, Gurjar said, “I have learnt about the order from the media and have not received a personal copy. My life has been a struggle, and I will fight this case too.”
Last month, the state government had issued an order suspending three BJP councillors – Paras Jain from Ward 72, Ajay Singh from Ward 39 and independent councillor Shankar Sharma of Ward 103 – after they were found guilty in a judicial inquiry in the case of misbehaving with the former commissioner of the corporation. The three councillors were also barred from contesting elections for the next six years.
On June 4, 2021, a meeting Gurjar and the three councillors had with the then JMC-G commissioner had led to arguments that snowballed into a fight.





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