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Opposition councillors stage walk out

In protest: Opposition councillors staging a walk out from the special meeting of the Corporation Council in Tiruchi on Thursday.

In protest: Opposition councillors staging a walk out from the special meeting of the Corporation Council in Tiruchi on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: R. Ashok

Special Correspondent

TIRUCHI: Opposition councillors of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and the Left parties staged a walk out from the special meeting of the Corporation Council convened on Thursday to place the resignation of Sarubala R. Tondaiman as the Mayor.

The Opposition councillors staged a protest criticising the “undue haste” shown by the Corporation officials to convene the meeting to place Mrs. Tondaiman’s resignation. Mrs.Tondaiman had resigned on being nominated as the Congress candidate for the Tiruchi Lok Sabha constituency.

The special meeting, held with the permission of the Election Commission, was chaired by the Deputy Mayor M. Anbazhagan of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, which commands a majority in the 60-member council with 26 councillors.

The Opposition councillors were on their feet as soon as the meeting began with the AIADMK floor leader J. Srinivasan wondering about the need for holding the meeting at such a short notice within a few days after Mrs. Tondaiman had resigned. “You want to satisfy somebody. This is misuse of power,” he charged.

O. R. Sriraman of the Communist Party of India wondered why the Commissioner could not wait until the elections were over. After a brief commotion, when the DMK members vied with each other to adorn Mr. Anbazhagan with shawls, Mr. Srinivasan led the walk out by the Opposition councillors.

Mr. Anbazhagan and the Corporation Commissioner T. T. Balsamy said as per the provisions of the law the Deputy Mayor would be in-charge in the absence of the Mayor. Mr. Balsamy maintained that he had acted as per the provisions of the law and there was precedence for holding special meetings on such occasions in other Corporations.

“As soon as I received the resignation of Mrs. Tondaiman, dated April 19, I had sought the permission of the Election Commission for holding the special meeting to place it before the council,” he said.

He would now issue a letter to Mrs. Tondaiman, accepting her resignation. It was later announced that the council had recorded the resignation of Mrs. Tondaiman.

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