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UPROAR: Members creating a noisy scene at the municipal council meeting in Tuticorin on Tuesday. Photo: N. Rajesh.
UPROAR: Members creating a noisy scene at the municipal council meeting in Tuticorin on Tuesday. Photo: N. Rajesh.

Staff Reporter

At the emergency municipal council meeting held in Tuticorin

Tuticorin: Factional feud in the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam came to the fore once again at the emergency municipal council meeting held here on Tuesday.

The councillor, G. Chembakaselvan, of the party protested the resolution taken up in the council to allocate funds from the municipal exchequer for the proposed foreign tour of the Chairman, R. Manoj Kumar (AIADMK), later this month.

The sanction of the council was sought to allocate Rs.two lakh towards expenses of Mr. Kumar to take part in a conference on Disaster Management to be held in Switzerland from August 27 to September 1.

Mr. Chembakaselvan (ward No. 9) said that it was not a correct decision to spend the taxpayers' money towards such expensive trips abroad and hence, sanction should not be given.

It generated heated debate among the councillors, who supported Mr. Kumar and Mr. Chembakaselvan. The Chairman's supporters remarked that the trip would be useful to learn nuances in disaster management techniques practised elsewhere in the globe.

It should be noted that Mr. Chembakaselvan along with two other AIADMK councillors staged a walkout from one of the recent council meetings to protest a decision taken by the Chairman, all owing to factional feud in the party, recently.

Noisy scenes continued as councillors from the DMK and the AIADMK tried to take the credit for themselves in recent augmentation of drinking water supply in the town.

While the AIADMK councillors said the initiative taken by the previous government saw the project bore fruition now, the DMK councillors refuted it.

Health officials criticised

Councillors cutting across party lines criticised the "lackadaisical" attitude of the municipal health officials while implementing the mosquito control programme.

They alleged that abate solution was not mixed periodically in the water bodies and thermo-fogging was not carried out properly, to control the breeding of `Aedes aegypti' mosquitoes, which cause chikungunya.

The Municipal Commissioner, K. Kanagaraj, the Municipal Engineer, S.A. Rajagopal, and the Municipal Health Officer, S. Chelladurai, were present.

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