Even as Bharatiya Janata Party councillors rejoiced over the “successful approval of all the subjects” by the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike Council, the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) cried foul saying there was no approval as they had not been tabled in the first place.
Speaking to presspersons here after the meeting was adjourned, Leader of the Opposition M. Nagaraj and JD(S) floor leader Padmanabh Reddy said the ruling BJP claimed to have approved the subject when the Council was not in order, what with the Opposition staging a protest in the well.
What the law says
Mr. Nagaraj said the law required the formation of Standing Committees soon after the election of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor. When they have not been formed yet, how can the Mayor claim that the subjects have all been approved?” he asked.
Making it clear that the Opposition also favours the city's development, Mr. Reddy said it had to be done the right way by upholding the law. “The decision to allow the Bangalore Development Authority to widen roads and put in place signal-free corridors has been done to facilitate corruption. The Chief Minister and Minister in charge R. Ashok are directly involved,” he alleged.
Hanumanthnagar Councillor K. Chandrashekar said that approval in the absence of Standing Committees was a first for the BBMP. Opposition leaders said they would launch a protest on Monday and they would decide whether to take the issue to court.