The BJP councillors said the Mayor had transferred her personal assistant from the head office to the civic body’s sub-office at Surathkal for "no valid reason".

The meeting of the Mangalore City Corporation council was adjourned for half an hour on Saturday after the councillors of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress engaged in an argument as the former alleged that the Mayor had been misusing her office.

The BJP councillors said the Mayor had transferred her personal assistant from the head office to the civic body’s sub-office at Surathkal for “no valid reason”. Earlier, the former Mayor and councillor M. Shankar Bhat (BJP) said the Mayor was interfering in the administration of the office of Commissioner Harish Kumar K.

Mr. Bhat said that according to reports in a section of the media, the Mayor had sent a note to the Commissioner asking him to inform her in advance about the raids on any establishment or area in the city.

The Mayor, according to media reports, had sent the note after the officials conducted raids on shops which did not have licence and illegal slaughterhouses in the city, he said.

The Commissioner told the council that the intention of the Mayor (for sending the note) was that to know the details of the raids as she had to answer presspersons.

Following this, some BJP councillors said the Mayor had transferred her personal assistant to the sub-office in Surathkal for “no valid reason”. This led to a heated argument between the Congress and the BJP councillors. The Mayor adjourned the meeting for about half an hour.

Following the break, councillors of both parties held discussions to sort out the issue and the meeting resumed.

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