CMC president locks up Commissioner's chamber

High drama was witnessed at the City Municipal Council office, in Hassan, as MLA H S Prakash and CMC Commissioner Krishnamurthy started arguing and the latter’s office was locked by an upset CMC President Srividya, on Friday.

The inauguration of the waste segregation unit, that has been set up by the CMC, was scheduled to be held on Friday at 10 am. So, MLA H S Prakash arrived on the spot on time, only to find nobody on the spot. There were no arrangements for the function or such. Hence, the MLA tried to contact CMC Commissioner Krishnamurthy over cellphone, but he was not receiving any calls. Assuming, that the programme would have been organised at the CMC office, he rushed there. But, no such arrangements were made.

As ‘Rahukala’ was to begin from 10.30 am, the MLA rushed back to the unit and performed the puja at 10.20 am in the presence of CMC president Srividya Anand, vice-president Irshad Pasha and a few councillors. When Srividya and others returned to the office, they found that Krishnamurthy had not yet arrived.

Their attempts to contact him also proved futile. When Krishnamurthy arrived, the MLA expressed his displeasure about the behaviour of the commissioner.
At this juncture, Srividya got upset and locked Krishnamurthy’s chamber and the latter left the place, leading Congress and BJP to protest.

Allegations

MLA Prakash rained allegations against Krishnamurthy of irresponsibility and irregularities. “He has been cancelling tenders and diverting funds for other purposes. Whenever I visit the CMC, Murthy is absent,” he said.

Cong-BJP protest

Opposing the incident, Congress and BJP workers staged a protest in front of the DC’s office in the afternoon. They alleged that the JD(S) workers were not allowing the commissioner to perform his duties, by locking his office.

Srividya and vice-president Irshad met Deputy Commissioner V Anbu Kumar at his office and explained about the incident and submitted a written complaint. However, the DC convinced Srividya and the councillors to open the commissioner’s chamber.
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