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Feb 21, 2009

Councillors protesting against the Corp's decision of suspention of two Councillors

Even as the Corporation Council meeting called for passing resolutions relating to JNNURM scheme tenders was about to come to an end, a motion moved by the Leader of the Opposition and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam floor leader, V.N. Udyakumar, seeking disciplinary action against Communist Party members led to frayed tempers.

With the meeting being a special and extraordinary one, there was no zero hour or question hour. Hence, towards the end of the meeting, Mr. Udayakumar moved a resolution seeking suspension of Communist Party of India (Marxist) member M.S. Velmurugan and Communist Party of India member R. Kalyanasundaram.

Moving the motion, Mr. Udayakumar said that the actions by the two members in the previous council meeting not only transcended beyond the decorum of the house but also sullied the image of the elected body. He sought the suspension of the two members for the next meeting in a bid to protect the image of the House.

Immediately on placing the motion, when Mayor R. Venkatachalam was about to speak on the motion, the opposition members belonging to CPI (M), CPI and AIADMK were up in arms. CPI member Purushottaman got up and said that the council should function in a “democratic manner” and accused the Chair of not even listening to the opposition members.

He said that opinions should be countered only through counter-opinions. The tone and tenor of his speech infuriated the DMK and Congress members.

This resulted in frayed tempers and heated exchanges. As pandemonium prevailed in the House, the Mayor concluded the session and started walking towards the chamber even as the CPI, CPI-M and AIADMK members gathered in front of the Mayor’s chair in the well of the House.

Later, the opposition party members objected to the ‘undemocratic’ approach in conducting the council and started marching towards the Mayor’s chamber.

The representatives of the opposition parties told the Mayor to give a chance to the members facing charge and any action could be taken only after hearing them.

The DMK and Congress members accused the two councillors facing suspension of getting emotional and resorting to language that was not conventional or decent enough. The CPI members clarified that there was a misunderstanding.

The representatives of the opposition parties said that the suspension was decided without giving a chance for the members to clarify and pointed out that the participation of all the members was a must for the next meeting, which is to take up the budget for 2009-2010.

Then, the Mayor, leader of the Opposition, Deputy Mayor and others said that revoking the decision was the prerogative of the Mayor and added that before the next meeting a decision would be taken.

Desiya Morpokku Dravida Kazhagam member Kannadasan said that the top officials in the civic body were treating the councillors with scant respect and added that the Mayor was denying opportunity for smaller parties to voice their opinion in the council.

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