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Councillor Devika Ramesh has also been disqualified
The three councillors violated the Congress whip during election
BHADRAVATI: President of the Bhadravati City Municipal Council (CMC) Sheikh Mehaboob and vice-president Savitramma have been disqualified from the CMC.
In his order, Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandey has asked Assistant Commissioner Nagaraj to take over the CMC administration. Councillor Devika Ramesh has also been disqualified from the CMC.
These members of the council from the Congress violated the party whip at the time of the election for the posts of president and vice-president on February 20, 2008. President of the District Congress Committee R. Prasannakumar had filed a complaint with the Deputy Commissioner seeking their disqualification under the provisions of the Anti-Defection Act for violating the whip of the party. Acting on it, Mr. Pandey passed the order.
The Congress had 18 members, Janata Dal (S) 13, Bharatiya Janata Party 2, two independents and two others who had defected from the Congress when the election for the posts of president and vice-president was held. While the post of president was reserved for the BCM (A) category that of vice-president was reserved for BCM (B) woman.
Two councillors each were qualified in the Congress for these posts, while no members were eligible from the JD (S). The election was considered as a prestige issue for local Congress MLA B.K. Sangamesh and former local MLA M.J. Appaji Gowda of the JD(S). The JD (S) managed to get one councillor coming under the BCM (A) category and two women councillors coming under the BCM (B) category from the Congress to come to power.
Mr. Sheikh Mehaboob and Ms. Savithramma filed their nomination papers for the posts of president and vice-president.
Meanwhile, the Congress fielded Rahat Hassan as its candidate for the post of president and issued the whip to its members to vote in his favour. However, Mr. Sheikh Mehaboob and Ms. Savithramma rejected the whip and entered into a “secret” deal with the JD (S) in the election. As a result, the official candidate Rahat Hassan was defeated in the election.
Reacting to the disqualification of the three Congress councillors, Mr. Sangamesh said he would welcome the decision.
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