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Support test for deputy mayor

Ranchi, Aug. 16: A no-confidence motion will be brought against deputy mayor Sanjeev Vijayvargiya at Ranchi Municipal Corporation on Tuesday after 29 out of 55 ward councillors wrote letters to the mayor, seeking his removal.

The councillors, who wrote to Asha Lakra, claimed that they did not want Vijayvargiya as he was not taking enough interest in RMC board meetings that mainly suggest solutions to myriad civic problems plaguing the city.

“He is not working for public interest, is very self-centred and has failed to solve civic problems. There will be a meeting on August 19 (Tuesday), where we will give our opinions. After that, voting will take place and his fate will be decided,” said Pradip Kumar of ward 29.

The mayor did not say much, only confirming that Vijayvargiya would face a no-confidence motion. “I cannot say anything now. I will hold a meeting with the deputy commissioner first,” she said.

Vijayvargiya put up a brave front. “A few councillors are targeting me for their vested interests. But I have the support of five councillors and more will be in my favour.”

RMC sources said that the deputy mayor would need the support of 29 councillors to sail through the vote test.