The former Deputy Mayor of Belgaum Dhanraj Gavali on Friday questioned the State Government's silence over the issue of alleged non-cooperation by officials in conducting Belgaum City Corporation council meetings and implementing development works.
Mr. Gavali heads the group of five Marathi members in Sarvabhashik Samvichar Vikas Vedike (SSVV), the ruling group in the corporation council.
He said the past Mayor of Belgaum had repeatedly complained to the Government about non-cooperation by officials and had even resigned from the post when preparations for the second Vishwa Kannada Sammelan were at its peak in March this year. However, he was persuaded to withdraw his resignation later.
The council had then passed a resolution demanding that the Government transfer the then Commissioner S.G. Patil for his alleged partisan attitude and for not cooperating in holding council meetings.
However, no action was taken against the official, Mr. Gavali said.
He also questioned the need for the Government to serve notice to the corporation council under Section 99 of the Karnataka Municipal Corporation Act as a prelude to dissolving the elected body.
About a fortnight ago, the Government had served notice on Mayor Manda Sunil Balekundri and Deputy Mayor Renu Suhas Killekar seeking an explanation for boycotting the Kannada Rajyotsava programme and attending a ‘black day' programme organised by the Maharashtra Ekikaran Samithi.
If the Government was not satisfied with the replies given by the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor, it could have taken action against them. Where was the necessity to serve another notice to the council and hold the elected body under threat?.
“If the Government thinks that the council is not properly functioning, how can it single out only the elected members and take no action against the executive? Is there no accountability on part of the executive even for not implementing resolutions adopted by the council?”