Staff Correspondent

It shows their lack of concern for development of the city: Mayor Bharathi

It was the last meeting of the civic body; its tenure ends on June 21A discussion on JNNURM was on the agendaMeeting adjourned for lack of quorum

MYSORE: In a show of protest against Mayor Bharathi, all the corporators of the Mysore City Corporation boycotted the Council meeting in Mysore on Friday.

Mayor Bharathi and Corporation Commissioner K.N. Chandrashekar walked into the Council Hall at 10.30 a.m. to find all seats empty. Except for Mayor Bharathi, all the remaining 64 corporators in the 65-member body, including Deputy Mayor Suresh Babu, stayed away from the meeting, which was incidentally the last meeting of the present civic body's five-year tenure.

Mayor Bharathi was forced to adjourn the meeting for half an hour on account of lack of quorum. But, when she returned to the Council Hall at 11 a.m., the members' seats remained empty, much to the embarrassment of the Mayor.

Eventually, Ms. Bharathi was forced to adjourn the meeting for the day without transacting any business.

En masse

Probably for the first time in the history of Mysore City Corporation, the corporators, cutting across party lines, boycotted the proceedings en masse.

Ms. Bharathi told presspersons later that the corporators' failure to attend a meeting, which had listed a discussion on the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) on the agenda, showed their utter lack of concern for the development of the city.

Pointing to the officials, who had turned up in full strength for the meeting, the Mayor said the officials appeared to have more concern for civic issues than the elected representatives.

When asked whether the corporators' collective decision to keep away from the meeting amounted to showing disrespect to the Mayor, Ms. Bharathi replied in the negative. But, she said the corporators owed an explanation to the people, who elected them.

"A host of important issues including the JNNURM had to be discussed. It is up to the people to teach them a lesson," she said.

The corporators' ire against the Mayor had its origin in the May 15 meeting of the Mysore City Corporation when Ms. Bharathi had adjourned the meeting abruptly after uproarious scenes were witnessed over the issue of distribution of free sewing machines to poor women.

After Ms. Bharathi adjourned the meeting and walked out of the House, the corporators forced Deputy Mayor Suresh Babu to occupy the chair and continue the proceedings. The Corporation, with the Deputy Mayor in the chair, passed a number of resolutions including distribution of sewing machines and approval to the JNNURM scheme. But, the Government had subsequently termed the meeting "illegal".

On Friday, Ms. Bharathi recalled the Government's decision to term the earlier meeting illegal and said the members had chosen to keep away from the meeting to express their dismay over the Government decision.

Meanwhile, Corporation Commissioner Chandrashekar said the failure of the City Corporation to pass a resolution on JNNURM during the last meeting of its tenure would not adversely affect the scheme. The Mysore City Corporation's tenure is scheduled to end on June 21.