Society twist to land-grab duel

Patna, Feb. 9: The encroachment face-off between Mokama MLA Anant Singh and social welfare minister Parveen Amanullah has now taken a new turn.

The resignation of three members, including president P.K. Verma, of Patliputra Co-operative Housing Society, where hotel Buddha Heritage and the allegedly encroached open space are situated, came to light today.

Amanullah had yesterday visited the area and said an FIR would be lodged today if the construction materials and debris were not removed from the space.

Society president Verma told The Telegraph that he had tendered his resignation to the board on February 7.

"One should know that I resigned on February 7 because of the board secretary' high-handed attitude. An emergency board meeting has been called at 4.30pm today. But since I have resigned, I am not concerned."

At 4pm today, Amanullah said: "The co-operative society has to lodge the FIR in this matter. They have convened a meeting and will decide on the same today. If a decision is not taken, they will be termed incompetent and the state co-operative department would supersede."

When contacted, A.K. Sinha, the board secretary, said: "While the president resigned on February 7, two board directors resigned today. Eleven members are allowed in the co-operative housing society, but we are running with nine members since two years. We have contacted the department many times, requesting its to fill up the posts. But nothing happened. Now, three more members have resigned. The minimum quorum for any meeting rests at six," he said.

On being told that the board had six members in spite of the recent resignations, Sinha said: "Two members are out of station now. Today's meeting was to focus on the resignations and the encroachment issue. But only four members were present. Until the minimum quorum is met, we cannot take any kind of decision."

Amanullah said: "They (housing society) have openly proved that they are incompetent. On Monday, I will approach the co-operative department registrar, also the principal secretary of the department. The society will be dissolved. The hotel representatives said the things kept on the land belong to the housing co-operative and they can remove them. So I have asked them for the same in writing."