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DMK stands isolated in council meet

Staff Reporter

Congress councillors refuse to toe the decision of its main ally in Tirunelveli

TIRUNELVELI: The `cold war' between Congress councillors and the Deputy Mayor, S. Viswanathan (DMK), of the Tirunelveli Corporation surfaced again on Thursday when they refused to participate in the DMK-led demonstration against the Mayor, A. Jayarani, when the council meeting was going on.

DMK councillors, led by Mr. Viswanathan, raised slogans against Jayarani, whereas Congress councillors, barring Namasivayam and Vijayan, attended the meeting, chaired by the Mayor.

They also introduced a resolution in the council meeting complimenting Ms. Jayarani, the Commissioner, D. Chandrasekaran, for clearing bushes along banks of the Thamirabarani.

No support

After the end of the last meeting, Mr. Viswanathan, had announced that Democratic Progressive Alliance councillors would boycott council meetings in future since the Mayor passed resolutions "autocratically" without any debate.

However, Congress councillors, on condition of anonymity, told the reporters then that they would not abide by the decision taken by the Deputy Mayor but would extend only "issue-based support" to the Mayor.

Though the statement issued by DMK members minutes before today's protest said that the DPA councillors would stage a demonstration against the Mayor, the Congress councillors' boycott left the DMK councillors isolated.

Maintenance charge

The council decided to collect a maintenance charge of Rs.20 a month for underground drainage system from owners of houses with a plinth area of up to 750 square feet.

While Rs. 40 would be collected from owners of houses with an area between 751 sq. ft. and 1,000 sq. ft., it would be Rs. 60 for owners of houses with a constructed area between 1,001 sq. ft. and 2,000 sq. ft.

From owners of houses with a plinth area of over 2,000 sq. ft., the maintenance charge would be Rs. 100.

"Though the previous council meeting, led by the DMK Mayor, had resolved on September 13, 2001 to collect Rs.100 as maintenance charge from every household, we have reduced it now.

However, business establishments and factories have to pay Rs. 240 and Rs. 400 respectively as decided by the previous council," Ms. Jayarani told mediapersons later.

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