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Nellai council meet witnesses heated exchanges

By Our Staff Reporter

TIRUNELVELI, JAN.28. The Tirunelveli Corporation council meeting today witnessed a councillor loudly whistling in the midst of a debate on giving a no objection certificate to an individual, facilitating him to get a government land.

As the Mayor, A. Jayarani, the Commissioner, Harmander Singh, and others, who were present in the hall, `could not spot the `culprit', no action was initiated. The Mayor warned that those members, who dared to disturb the smooth proceedings with indecent behaviours, would be barred from attending the meeting permanently.

When the proposal on giving the `no objection certificate' to an individual to enable him to get the government `naththam poramboke' land at Palayamkottai, measuring 4.67 cents, came up for approval, the DMK member, S.S. Maideen, said the Corporation should not give the NOC to him since the land could be used by the Corporation or by any government department for official purpose in future.

However, the AIADMK member, I. Vijayan, said the NOC could be given since the individual had been living on the land for over 40 years and paying the tax for the land for the past 25 years, sparking protest from the Congress and DMK members.

When Mr. Maideen tried to substantiate his argument, the Congress members, on their feet, tried to put forward their case, but in vain, since the DMK member was continuously speaking.

As the Congress members, S.S. Mani, S. Balasubramanian and Sindha Azhagu Subramanian, asked Mr. Maideen to sit down, the argument took an ugly turn, with the members of both sides started levelling corruption charges against each other. At one stage nothing could be heard, as the four councillors were speaking in the microphone at a time.

However when the uproar subsided to some extent, Mr. Sindha Azhagu Subramanian wanted to know if the individual had obtained an NOC from the Department of HR and CE first, since the land actually belonged to the Sastha Temple, Palayamkottai.

Mr. Vijayan said the applicant could approach the court if the Corporation failed to provide him with the NOC, sparking another round of chaos. At this juncture, one of the members whistled loudly, bringing all commotions to an abrupt end.

"This is neither a cinema hall nor a place to entertain others and such uncivilised acts inside the council hall cannot be tolerated," the Deputy Mayor, Viswanatha Pandian, said, adding that the proposal on giving the NOC should be adjourned.

Ms. Jayarani then adjourned the proposal to the next meeting.

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