Stampede debate sought

Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: Leaders of the Opposition parties at the Chennai Corporation Council submitted a letter to the Commissioner on Thursday demanding the convening of a meeting to discuss the stampede at a MGR Nagar school in K.K. Nagar.

They said the Chennai City Municipal Corporation Act provided for calling a special meeting to discuss important issues, if it had the support of more than one-fifth of the council (31 of 155 members). The power to convene such meetings rests with the Mayor, or in his absence, the Deputy Mayor. Fortyeight Opposition Councillors signed the letter. They expressed their condolences to the victims and demanded that the issue be discussed in the council.

Deputy Mayor R. Thiagarajan, who is missing , had also demanded that a meeting be convened for discussing the tragedy through a letter purportedly sent by him. Corporation officials said they are ascertaining the bona fides of the letter.

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