Pub attack raised in corporation meeting

Staff Correspondent

However, Mayor did not allow a discussion on the subject

MANGALORE: The incident in which people at a pub on Balmatta Road were attacked on January 24 was raised at the meeting of the Mangalore City Corporation council on Wednesday.

Mariamma Thomas, an independent member who raised the matter, condemned the attack. However, Mayor Ganesh Hosabettu did not allow a discussion on the subject.

The ruling BJP members, Opposition Congress members, members of the CPI(M) and the Janata Dal (Secular) and two independents kept themselves away from condemning the attack and supporting Ms. Thomas.

Chief Whip in the council M. Shankar Bhat and James D’Souza, a BJP member, said that the council could not discuss such subjects. Mr. Bhat said that the purpose of holding the meeting was to discuss infrastructure and other development issues. He said that if discussion on the attack was allowed then the council would have to discuss several such incidents.

Mr. Bhat said that since it was a law and order problem, the police and court would deal with it. Ms. Thomas wanted to know if law and order was not the concern of the council. Why should the council only discuss development issues, she said.

Opposition Leader in the council Harinath alleged that Ms. Thomas had identified herself with the “Swabhimani Vedike”, a breakaway faction of the BJP, whose leaders had recently said that the forum had merged with the BJP. In such a scenario the member could hardly be sincere in raising the issue in the council, he alleged. Ms. Thomas protested against the attack by rushing to the well of the House. She submitted a memorandum to the Mayor condemning the attack.

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