The district unit of the Communist Party of India (CPI) has threatened to stage a demonstration in front of the Coimbatore Corporation if the show cause notice issued by Commissioner Anshul Mishra to its councillor R. Kalyanasundaram was not withdrawn.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, district secretary of the party M. Arumugham called for the immediate withdrawal of the notice that was issued to the councillor to show cause as to why action should not be initiated against him for violation of the rules of the Corporation.
The issue related to Mr. Kalyanasundaram inspected parks in his capacity as the Chairman of the Corporation Council's Standing Committee on Education, Parks and Playgrounds.
The Commissioner was of the view that Mr. Kalyanasundaram should have informed him of the inspection as a committee head was representative of the Corporation administration.
Mr. Kalyanasundaram disputed this point and contended that he was only an elected representative and did not come under any official.
His party shared this view and said that a person who had been elected by the people had the right to inspect facilities being created for them with public funds.
As an elected representative Mr. Kalyanasundaram could inspect facilities under construction in order to check the quality of the work and also whether the funds allocated for it were being used properly. How could this be termed violation of rules, Mr. Arumugham asked.
Besides, there was no rule that barred a person elected as the head of the committee from carrying out such inspections and making open statements on the progress or quality of the work, the statement contended.
There was nothing wrong in explaining the status of works to the public.
Besides, councillors or committee heads had the right to make open statements on works that were not carried out despite appeals to the Mayor or the Corporation administration.