Pandemonium and a sit-in dharna ensured that no business can be transacted
The Cuddalore Municipal Council meeting held here on Monday witnessed pandemonium and a sit-in dharna by councillors. As the majority of them were up in arms against Chairman C.K. Subramanian, no business could be transacted for the day.
Since none of the councillors signed the attendance register, the Chairman adjourned the meeting on the pretext of lack of quorum, without specifying any date for the next meeting.
Certain councillors seething with anger over the “authoritarian behaviour” of the Chairman gheroed him, threw chairs, broke benches and tore up copies of the council resolutions given to them.
It is significant to note that in the 44-member council 32 belong to the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and so also Chairman Mr. Subramanian. However, a cold war has been going on between the AIADMK councillors, led by Vice-Chairman J.G. Kumar, and the Chairman ever since the formation of the council.
It was the common complaint of all the councillors across parties, that the Chairman was acting arbitrarily and getting the funds released for the development works overlooking the established procedure of getting the consent of the council.
They claimed that because of such unilateral action of the Chairman, the officials do not respect the councillors. They also charged the Chairman with neglecting his civic duties.
For want of basic amenities such as roads and drainage facilities, and unbridled growth in the number of stray dogs and pigs in the town, the councillors were facing the music from their respective wards for the lapses of the Chairman.
The councillors also alleged that the civic body was in the vice-like grip of the family members of the Chairman.
They also protested the single contractor domination in taking up the municipal works and poor quality of road construction.
However, the Chairman took the stand that the AIADMK councillors were acting in an objectionable manner which was neither in the interest of the ruling party nor in the interest of the civic body.
The opposition councillors tied black cloth to their mouths and staged a walkout.
As the AIADMK councillors continued their sit-in dharna in the council hall till evening Sub-Collector Lalitha intervened to pacify them.
Initially, they did not budge but later as Vice-Chairman vowed to take up the issue with Minister M.C. Sampath and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa they dispersed.