Andhra Pradesh

Sparks fly at Chirala municipal council meet

TDP councillors demand resignation of chairman, a follower of Amanchi

The switchover of sitting Chirala MLA Amanchi Krishnamohan from the ruling Telugu Desam Party to the YSR Congress Party(YSRCP) had its fallout in the Chirala Municipal Council on Thursday when TDP councillors staged a noisy protest demanding the resignation of its chairman M.Ramesh Babu, a follower of the MLA, from the post.

A day after Mr.Ramesh Babu joined the YSRCP along with Mr.Krishnamohan, the TDP councillors led by Kagitala Prakasa Rao disrupted the Council meet as the zero hour was about to start.

The chairman rose from his chair and tried to restore order so that the Council could take up the motion condoling the death of CRPF jawans in Pulwama terror attack.

Utter confusion prevailed when Mr. Prakasa Rao and other TDP councillors rushed towards the podium and had heated exchanges with the chairman who was in no mood to oblige them.

Jostling followed before the chairman adjourned the meeting in view of continued pandemonium in the House. The TDP councillors continued their protest outside the Council hall to press their demand.

Complaints lodged

Later, Mr.Prakasa Rao lodged a complaint with the police demanding registering of a case under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act against the chairman for allegedly punching him. He was admitted to the Chirala Government Hospital for treatment.

The chairman and his supporters also filed a counter complaint with the Chirala I Town police against the TDP councillor, said Chirala Deputy Superintendent of Police V.Srinivasa Rao. “The complaints will be decided on merits after a probe,” he added.

While the YSRCP had 15 councillors, the TDP had 12 in the 33-member Council. Supporters of Mr.Krishnamohan, an Independent MLA, had bagged six wards.

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