Campaign to oust CMC president gains pace

Janata Dal (Secular) leaders have decided to oust Mandya city municipal council (CMC) president if he does not resign by Wednesday.

The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by MP N Cheluvarayaswamy here on Monday to discuss about the change in CMC president as per a previous agreement. However, four JD(S) councillors abstained from the meeting, which was seen as a setback for the leaders.

It was decided to oust CMC president Arun Kumar by introducing a no-confidence motion in the council if he does not resign voluntarily. It was also decided to serve show-cause notice on the councillors who stayed away from the meeting. Apart from CMC president Arun Kumar, councillors G C Nagaraju, Sridhar, Sharadamma and Venkatesh were absent. Including a seat won in a bypoll to the CMC JD(S) had 22 members. However, 13 of them lost their seats after defecting to the BJP under ‘operation Kamala’. Now, it looks like the remaining nine members have polarised into two groups within the party.

When Arun Kumar was elected president, it was decided that the remaining term should be divided and Padmavathi be made president for the second half. But, Arun Kumar, after completion of his term, now is reluctant to resign.

JD(S) councillors Padmavathi, M J Chikkanna, S C Gowreesh and K C Nagamma, independent councillor Savitha, who has identified herself with JD(S), Mandya taluk JD(S) president Kambadalli Puttaswamy, MLA M Srinivas, MLC B Ramakrishna and JD(S) district unit president D Ramesh were present.

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