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Chaos at council meet

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Scuffle between DMK and AIADMK councillors

Protest over denial:AIADMK councillors having a heated argument with their DMK counterparts, wearing black shirts, at the council meeting in Tuticorin on Thursday.— Photo: N. Rajesh
Protest over denial:AIADMK councillors having a heated argument with their DMK counterparts, wearing black shirts, at the council meeting in Tuticorin on Thursday.— Photo: N. Rajesh

The Corporation Council meeting held here on Thursday was disrupted as scuffles broke out between Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam councillors. The fracas was triggered by a protest by DMK councillors over the denial of consent by the civic body to conduct its party workers’ committee meeting scheduled for December 28 at the Corporation ground near new bus stand.

The meeting, chaired by Mayor L. Sasikala Pushpa, was adjourned. Amid the uproar, an 18-subject agenda, placed for approval, was passed.

The DMK councillors, who were wearing black shirts to express their displeasure, waved placards that read ‘Thanks to Corporation Commissioner’ for the denial of permission which led to an opportunity for conducting the meeting led by M.K. Stalin, DMK Treasurer and former Deputy Chief Minister at Meelavittan where a good number of cadre turned up and created a conference-like atmosphere on December 28.

The agitators later squatted on the hall and started sloganeering in praise of Mr. Stalin.

A. Kottur Raja, DMK councillor of ward 30 and the party whip, said that even unmindful of rain, Corporation employees removed the stage on the corporation ground on the night of December 26. This despite remitting fee for holding the meeting on December 11 and paying the fee for erecting banners with the corporation office on December 19.

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