Changes to Dasara bylaw remain undecided

Changes to Dasara bylaw remain undecided

Councillors, Dashamantapa Committee members spar; peeved, CMC chief walks out

Changes to Dasara bylaw remain undecided

A meeting convened to finalise the amendments made to bylaw of Dasara Committee failed to arrive at a consensus thus prolonging the uncertainty over the annual festival.

Miffed over the heated arguments, City Municipal Council president Kaveramma Somanna, also the chairperson of Dasara Committee, walked out of the meeting with fellow councillors.

The meeting, convened at Kaveri Kalakshetra on Saturday, was marked by unruly scenes with neither the committee members nor the office-bearers of Dashamantapa and Karaga Committees resolving over the changes made in the bylaw.

No sooner Kaveramma announced that barring councillors, president of Dasahamantapa Committee and members of Karaga Committee, no others have the right to vote for electing the working president to Dasara Committee, chaos and confusion erupted with some of them venting their ire against councillors.

The dissenting few dared Kaveramma to keep councillors away from contesting for working chairman’s post, besides curtailing them from taking part in the voting, to side with her decision.

Chidvilas, a chairman of amendment committee. sought to broker the truce, but in vain as the aggrieved parties were in no mood to bury the hatchet.

One of the leaders, Devaiah, favoured at least 11-member committee,  raising his objection to the committee of two drafting the changes in bylaw.

This led to a heated argument among Devaiah and Chidvilas, as the latter tried to chastise the former asking him not to speak with the interest of applaud. Angered, Devaiah shotback at Chidvilas saying ‘I am not for any applause, but for the smooth celebration of Dasara’.

On the other hand, council vice-president T S Prakash sought to remind the meeting that the issues have been already discussed in the previous meeting, as the ongoing meeting is restricted to pass a resolution.

Another councillor H M Nandakumar clarified that the post of working president will not be given to Dashamantapa Committee, but it could not break the ice among heated nerves.

Councillor Unnikrishna blamed the CMC president for politicising the issue, as the committee alone does not have any power to seek funds from the government, while the dashamantapa committee is also entitled to do so.

Chairman of Madikeri Urban Development Authority Chummi Devaiah denied that the issue is being politicised, but wanted the authorities to go by majority opinion in seconding the changes made to the bylaw.

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