40 corporators stay away

40 corporators stay away

Marred by protests

As many as 40 corporators were found missing on day one while senior leaders walked into the meeting at a leisurely pace after the first resolution of the House was passed.

Verbal messages to the corporators were passed by the party workers who were sitting in the gallery without the permission of the Mayor. People, officials and corporators, alike were walking in and out of the Council hall even as the House proceedings were on. People denied entry into the Council building were allowed “free access” without any pass or authorisation.

High decibel

It was a high-decibel hour in the Council as the protest against the water crisis in the City gained momentum. While the Congress members raised slogans against BJP government, the BJP corporators in turn retaliated by shouting slogans against Congress.

The decorum was least maintained by the Mayor who walked out of the House without following the protocol of announcing the duration of the adjournment.

He later reconvened the Council only to find the Opposition leader inside the well screaming at the him to get the  Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board chairman to the meeting.

The Mayor blamed the Congress workers for holding the House to ransom over the absence of BWSSB chairman, Ramamurthy.

Ruling party members walked into the media gallery to protest the agitation by the Congress in the Council. BJP workers claimed that the protest was illegal as it was related to BWSSB and the civic agency was not part of the Palike proceedings.   

After the Council was adjourned, the Mayor and the Opposition called for separate press briefings where accusations of politicising the water shortage were hurled against each other.

However, no concrete debate took place in the Council over the water crisis in the City.