Staff Reporter

Congress, TDP and CPI stage walkout

TDP demands drive to clean Khammam fort area

CPI claims no importance women councillors

KHAMMAM: Councillors of the Congress, TDP and CPI staged a walkout from the municipal council meet here on Saturday protesting against the neglect of their wards. They had a wordy duel with the CPI(M) members in the council on what they called the partisan approach in the implementation of works. They complained that the development was rather confined to the wards of the CPI(M) members.

The Municipal Chairperson, Sameena Afroze made all efforts to restore order in the house by pacifying members of her party (CPI-M), and the opposition parties, but in vain. TDP and CPI(M) councillors found fault with the civic administration for the poor sanitation in certain localities.

Clean area

Demanding a special drive to clean up the fort area, she wanted the council to adopt a resolution on the issue. Sharing her concern a majority of the members supported the demand. The Chairperson asked the civic staff to take due interest in the matter and help improve the sanitation in the ‘Khilla’ area.

Sponsored unions

The TDP floor leader Karnati Krishna alleged that the sanitation workers were preoccupied with the CPI (M) sponsored trade union activities and it had an adverse effect in the town. The CPI (M) councillor, B. Yakaiah took strong exception to the remarks made by the TDP members. Mutual accusations between the two sides resulted in a near bedlam and the opposition members lodged their protest by leaving the house. Unfazed by the protest, the 13 CPI (M) members continued with the proceedings.

In the meantime the CPI councillor, Puvvada Jayasree said that the women councillors were not given any importance in the municipal council.

Talking to media persons she said that the women councillors were not allowed to have their say, though the council had a woman as its chairperson. She said issues pertaining to sanitation, water supply and amenities were of priority. She wanted the council to pay attention to such issues of importance.