P.A. Meghannavar accused of, among others, manipulating documents
Commissioner’s behaviour uncalled for and unacceptable: Mayor
‘He has ignored the Mayor, council members’
Belgaum: In the first general body meeting of the newly constituted council of the Belgaum City Corporation (BCC) on Saturday, Commissioner of the civic body P.A. Meghannavar was accused of manipulating documents, trying to create division among corporators and insulting elected representatives.
Mayor Prashanta Shantinath Budavi, while reading out a statement, said that no development work had been taken up in the city since her term began on March 4.
She alleged that the Commissioner had taken unilateral decisions, ignoring the Mayor and council members. The Commissioner had conducted a meeting headed by BJP MLA Abhaykumar Patil in the Mayor’s chamber without informing her about it, she said. He had included the topic concerning distribution/exchange of sites on the agenda of a meeting without bringing it to her notice, Ms. Budavi charged.
The Council would demand the State Government to transfer him from the BCC, she announced and abruptly adjourned the meeting.
Later, talking to presspersons, Ms. Budavi and Sambhaji Patil, leader of the ruling group, alleged that Mr. Meghannavar had manipulated a meeting notice by including some issues on the agenda without bringing them to the notice of the Mayor.
One of the topics was concerning distribution/exchange of six sites, they said. When the notice was signed (by the Mayor) there were only two topics on the agenda and there was no mention of distribution/exchange of sites,
Ms. Budavi said and added that she was surprised to see that the topic was included on the agenda after she signed the notice.
Corporator Latif Pathan charged that the Commissioner had refused to recognise him, N.B. Nirvane and other members of the council as corporators when they approached him with a request to take up development work costing Rs. 7,000 in a locality. His behaviour had insulted us, he charged.
Mr. Patil said that the “mischievous and unilateral act” of the Commissioner to include the topic of distribution of sites on the agenda had sent a wrong message to the Opposition. Ms. Budavi, representing the Kannada-Urdu group in the 58-member council, said she was trying to improve civic amenities and take up development works. But the behaviour of the Commissioner was uncalled for and unacceptable, she added. Earlier, members of the Opposition, the Marathi group, objected to Ms. Budavi occupying the Mayor’s chair in view of their petition in the court challenging her election. They also demanded that the council adopt a resolution demanding early solution to the border dispute.
Meanwhile, the Belgaum city unit of Shiv Sena staged a dharna in front of the BCC building demanding that the corporation adopt a resolution supporting transfer of Bidar, Nippani, Belgaum, Khanapur and Karwar to Maharashtra.