TAMIL NADU

Unruly scenes at Gobi Council meeting

Staff Reporter

ERODE: Unruly scenes marred the council meeting of the Gobichettipalayam Municipality held here on Wednesday as the members of the ruling and opposition parties exchanged heated words and resorted to a dharna.

A total of 17 councillors of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and Congress were suspended from attending the next two meetings of the municipal council.

Issues

Immediately after the beginning of the meeting, members of opposition parties insisted that they be allowed to discuss issues relating to poor roads and inadequate water supply in the council.

Congress Councillor Chitra said that inadequate water supply and damaged roads had put a large number of people in the town into untold hardships.

People were questioning the role of 30 councillors in the municipality, she said.

Protest

Tempers ran high as the AIADMK members started protesting against this statement.

Angry DMK and Congress councillors protested alleging that the ruling party (AIADMK) continued to stifle the voice of the opposition.

Council chairperson Revathi pacified the agitating councillors and assured that each one of them would be given chance to express their opinions in the council after passing the resolutions.

Opposition councillors, then, returned to their seats and started discussing various civic issues.

A majority of them alleged that the municipality had grossly failed in creating adequate amenities for the people in the town.

A heated argument broke out when an AIADMK councillor made a statement about the conduct of World Classical Tamil conference in Coimbatore.

Dharna

Accusing again that the voice of the opposition is stifled in the council, DMK and Congress councillors restored to a dharna.

Council Chairperson suspended 17 councillors of DMK and Congress from attending the next two meetings of the municipal council for disrupting the proceedings.

She announced that all the resolutions were passed and declared the meeting over.

Opposition members continued their dharna for a few hours after the meeting.

Officials pacified the agitators.