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Mayor suspends Congress councillor

By Our Staff Correspondent



The Janata Dal (Secular) councilors staging a protest in Mysore City Corporation Council on Thursday. — Photo: M.A. Sriram

MYSORE, FEB. 17. Pandemonium prevailed in the Congress-controlled Mysore City Corporation (MCC) Council meeting on Thursday.

All hell broke lose when B. Siddarau (Congress), former Deputy Mayor, levelled allegations against the Mayor, Dakshinamurthy.

After this, Mr. Siddaraju was suspended from the House for two meetings for showing disrespect to the Chair.

It all started when Mr. Siddaraju accused the Mayor of indulging in corruption. The Opposition was on its feet seeking clarification. The Mayor, who at first dismissed the allegations as baseless, lost his cool and challenged Mr. Siddaraju to prove his charges or withdraw the remarks.

While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) councillors tried to exploit the issue, the Janata Dal (Secular) members staged a dharna in the well of the House seeking action against the member for showing disrespect to the Chair as per the Karnataka Municipal Corporation Act.

The issue cropped up during a debate on the revision of estimates for construction of shops by the Town Planning and Development Standing Committee.

Mr. Siddarajau objected to the proposal of the Standing Committee and sought an explanation for the revision of estimates.

But the Mayor said the Standing Committee had revised the estimates and the officials and the authorities need not explain the reasons for it.

Enraged at his, Mr. Siddaraju accused the Mayor of supporting the authorities and accused him of indulging in corruption. This led to a furore as the Janata Dal (S) and the BJP members sought an explanation from Mr. Dakshinamurthy. When the Mayor demanded that Mr. Siddaraju either prove his charges or withdraw the remarks, the Opposition sought an explanation or an apology from him.

Mr. Siddaraju stuck to his stand.

The Janata Dal (S) members urged the Mayor to clarify or suspend the member while the BJP councillors staged a boycott.

The Council was adjourned amidst pandemonium. When the House reassembled after 30 minutes, the members demanded an apology from Mr. Siddaraju, who staged a walkout forcing the Mayor to suspend him.

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