The City Council of Elche lived yesterday a unusual morning. He had convened at 1:00 p.m. a extraordinary plenary session requested by the PP several weeks ago to request the constitution of a working group on infrastructure matters with the intention that, from it, amendments to the general state budgets would come out, in which they would request investments for Elche. However, the plenary session was not held. The opposition, PP, Ciudadanos and Vox, they planted the mayor and forced the session to be suspended.
Twenty minutes before 1:00 p.m., the municipal groups of PP, Citizens and Vox appeared before the media to announce that they were not going to attend the plenary session, and that they had previously notified the mayor, Carlos González, and the secretary. municipal. The reason, according to the spokespersons of the three groups, Pablo Ruz, Eva Crisol and Aurora Rodil, is that, in their opinion, the celebration of the plenary session yesterday did not make sense, given that the deadline for presenting amendments to the state budgets in Congress ended on Thursday. They considered that the first mayor made fun of them when summoning the plenary session yesterday, when they considered that it was no longer useful for anything.
Pablo Ruz said that the mayor and Compromís have had a “caciquil attitude, a lack of respect and a farce”, while Eva Crisol added that “we are facing a blow from the mayor to the opposition. It has left the complete void of content. The Vox spokeswoman, Aurora Rodil, pointed out that “we did not want a circus, we wanted to collaborate.”
Later, in a joint statement they insisted that “we will not be part of the media circus in which (the mayor) has turned today’s plenary session, a plenary session devoid of meaning and value, which due to the democratic outrage it entails, will not have the presence of the municipal groups of the Popular Party, Vox and Ciudadanos ».
The reaction of the government team, which was preparing to attend the plenary session, was instantaneous. The mayor called off the plenary session and then appeared in an empty session hall to say that the opposition’s attitude was “childish”, “immature” and “meaningless.” The councilor from Elche, accompanied by the socialists Héctor Díez, Patricia Macià and Mariano Valera, assured that the PP proposal would go ahead with the support of the votes of PSOE and Compromís, and that, contrary to what PP had said, Citizens and Vox a few minutes before, “yes, it is possible to continue presenting amendments to the general state budgets, with the processing in the Senate.” At this point, Carlos González tried to expose Pablo Ruz, who is also a senator, for not knowing the operation of the institution of which he is a part.
The Compromís spokesperson and partner of the government team, Esther Díez, also appeared telematically after the mayor (Esther Díez remains isolated at her home, from where she teleworks, after having tested positive for covid). Esther Díez said that “it is a pity what has happened, since the work table proposed by the PP could have been set up and work to request infrastructure for Elche.” The mayor of Compromís assured that her party continues to work on the development of amendments that will be presented in the Senate for processing, in the same way that throughout the year proposals are presented through different motions.
The only mayor of the opposition who did not participate in the government team was the non-attached Eduardo García Ontiveros, who, quite upset, apologized for the behavior of the opposition and insisted that “we were all going to vote in favor of a beneficial proposition.
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