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For violating rules: Councillor M.S. Velmurugan being removed by police from the Coimbatore Corporation Council on Wednesday. —
For violating rules: Councillor M.S. Velmurugan being removed by police from the Coimbatore Corporation Council on Wednesday. —

Special Correspondent

COIMBATORE: Councillor M.S. Velmurugan was removed by police from the Coimbatore Corporation Council on Wednesday on charges of violating the rules relating to the conduct of Council meeting.

Mr. Velmurugan insisted that he should be allowed to raise the issue of shifting slum dwellers from water bodies to the multi-storeyed tenements that were being built at Ukkadam and Ammankulam.

At the urgent meeting of the Council, Mr. Velmurugan opposed to the move for relocating the people living in slums that encroached the Muthanankulam.

He had expressed his resentment at the December 29, 2009 Council meeting and was pulled up on that day by Mayor R. Venkatachalam for disrupting the meeting.

On Wednesday, Mr. Velmurugan objected to his not being given an opportunity to raise the issue.

Contending that he did not intend to obstruct the implementation of a scheme for the urban poor, Mr. Velumurugan argued that the Corporation should not relocate families that had built houses on tanks prior to a court order calling for their eviction.

When the Mayor announced that Mr. Velmurugan was being suspended from the urgent meeting, the councillor reacted by hurling a bunch of handbills on the housing scheme and alleged that he was being denied the right to air his views.

On a request from the Mayor, police removed Mr. Velmurugan from the Council.

East Zone Chairman S.N. Samy then told the Mayor that a one-meeting suspension would not be enough. The Mayor and Commissioner Anshul Mishra said due action would be taken after examining the rules.

Mr. Velmurugan, who won from Ward 57 in the 2006 local body elections as a candidate of Communist Party of India (Marxist) was removed from primary membership of the party on charges of anti-party activities. He then joined the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK).

Upset over his conduct, the DMK also removed him from the primary membership of the party.

In a recent letter to the Mayor and Commissioner, DMK district secretary and Rural Industries Minister Pongalur N. Palanisamy said Mr. Velmurugan was not a member of the party anymore.

Accordingly, the Mayor announced at the start of the urgent meeting of the Council on Wednesday that Mr. Velmurugan would henceforth be treated as an Independent councillor.

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