Councillors and leaders of Congress, JD(S) court arrest for the second day
‘Transfer had nothing to do with the Lok
Government urged to withdraw the transfer order
HUBLI: The protest by Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) councillors against the “sudden transfer” of Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation Commissioner M.N. Ajay Nagabhushan continued for the second day on Saturday, with senior leaders of both the parties joining the agitation.
The councillors along with their party leaders courted arrest for the second day in succession to register their protest against the transfer of the Commissioner.
They said that the transfer of the Commissioner had nothing to do with the Lok Sabha elections and termed it as an act of vengeance against the official who had sought disqualification of former Mayor Radhabai Sapare of the BJP for her alleged role in getting passed a resolution aimed at giving priority to her two sons in the appointment of sanitary inspectors in the corporation.
Like Friday, the councillors and leaders of both the parties, including former Minister Jabbar Khan Honnalli locked the offices of the corporation. They then went around on the HDMC premises raising slogans against BJP, the ruling party in the corporation council, accusing it of using the elections as a pretext to transfer the official “who was doing good work” and thereby trying to hoodwink the public. Later, the protesters staged “rasta roko” on Lamington Road. They urged the State Government to immediately withdraw the transfer order and reinstate Dr. Nagabhushan as the HDMC Commissioner.
The protesters were led by JD (S) councillor Rajanna Koravi, former Deputy Mayor Santosh Hirekerur, Congress councillor Deepak Chinchore and others.
When they refused to withdraw their protest, the police threatened to arrest them. However, refusing to withdraw their agitation, they courted arrest. They were released later.
It may be recalled that the State Government on Thursday issued orders transferring Dr. Nagabhushan to the post of Additional Commissioner of Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and posted BBMP Additional Commissioner K.R. Ramakrishna as HDMC Commissioner.
In another protest against the transfer, members of the JD (S) staged a demonstration in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Dharwad.
Organisations such as Komu Souharda Vedike, Karnataka Rakshana Vedike and Bahujan Samajwadi Party have condemned the transfer of Dr. Nagabhushan and urged the Government to withdraw the transfer order.
Meanwhile, Dr. Nagabhushan handed over the charge to Joint Commissioner R.N. Shanbhag on Friday.