The decorum of the Madurai Corporation suffered a severe damage at the Council meeting here on Friday with the Councillors creating unruly scenes.
The members of the ruling AIADMK donned the role of ruffians and pushed the opposition party members out of the Council hall at the Corporation building. Mikes were broken, bottles were used as missiles, and eatable were hurled all around, and the elected representatives were seen standing on the chairs and benches.
It all began when the DMK Councillors entered the Council hall, wearing black shirts as they have been doing for several months. Mayor V.V.Rajan Chellappa, who had by then started talking about drinking water scarcity, objected to the DMK members wearing black shirts and asked them to leave the hall.
When the DMK members chose to sit on their seats ignoring his order, the ruling party Councillors threw water bottles at them. Suddenly, there were many objects flying in the air. A couple of furious members got on their chairs and tables, shouting at the Opposition members to go out of the Council hall.
At this stage, the Mayor asked the police to evict the DMK members from the hall. However, the DMK Councillors refused to leave the place, and that resulted in a complete pandemonium.
“Black shirts are not permitted (inside the hall) and the police can do their duty. Disruption to the Council proceedings will not be allowed,” an angry Mayor said.
For a few minutes, the Council meeting turned into a free-for-all, with the members shouting and throwing whatever they could lay their hands on, even as the woman Councillors watched the happenings with anxiety.
With objects being thrown all around, the police evicted the DMK Councillors, and then the discussion on the water problem continued.
Just as Mr.Rajan Chellappa was about to reply to a question, DMK Councillor M.Kannan came back to the hall in search of his mobile phone.
But he was immediately sent out of the hall, and the Mayor suspended him for the next two Council meetings for breaking mikes.