Fisticuffs in BBMP council over property tax hike


Elected representatives of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike council got here to blows at the month-to-month meeting here on Friday. The Mayor was averted from exiting the council hall. The competition leader, who fainted owing to high blood strain, needed to be rushed to health center in an ambulance. Within the melee, girls councillors sustained some minor injuries. In no way has the BBMP council seen this kind of show of fisticuffs.

The property tax hike had tempers going for walks excessive. The competition BJP is stressful a complete rollback of the belongings tax hike. Unfazed BJP councillors, decided to agitate at some stage in Friday until 11 a.m. on Saturday.

“We can be agitating on the BBMP head office. We plan to camp in the headquarters all night time till our needs are met,” stated B.S. Sathyanarayana, former Mayor and Basavanagudi councillor.

Councillors tear resolution

It all started whilst the decision to cap the growth within the property tax costs — to 20 according to cent for residential properties and 25 consistent with cent for business properties — turned into tabled for approval. Though the BJP councillors vociferously voiced their dissent, the ruling Congress handed the resolution.

Seeing this as an act of excessive-handedness, BJP councillors stormed to the nicely of the residence, and tore the assembly time table and the resolution.

While the ruckus did now not die down, Mayor B.N. Manjunath Reddy adjourned the meeting for 15 minutes. While the assembly resumed, some BJP councillors rushed to the podium, raised slogans against the Congress, ignoring repeated appeals from the Mayor to desist and move lower back to their seats.

The Mayor then suspended four BJP councillors beneath provisions of the Karnataka Municipal organizations Act, 1976, for 2 months. The 4 councillors — opposition chief Padmanabha Reddy, Umesh Shetty, Mohan Babu and N. Nagaraju — now can not input the council for two months.

But, even after this, the ruckus continued. Some BJP ladies councillors sat on the ground, refusing to permit the Mayor go out the council corridor for at least 20 mins. Policewomen had been known as in to escort the agitating ladies councillors out of the corridor, but were stonewalled by using male BJP councillors.


Eventually, after near to 20 mins of this pandemonium, Ruling birthday celebration leader R.S. Sathyanarayan controlled to push himself thru the fighting crowd and escorted the Mayor out of the council corridor. Mr. Padmanabha Reddy fainted and had to be moved out of the hall in a stretcher, after which the BJP councillors left the corridor. Mr. Padmanabha Reddy turned into rushed to clinic.

Legislators come calling

Around 7 p.m., the former Deputy leader Minister R. Ashok, Jayanagar MLA BN Vijaya Kumar, Basavanagudi MLA Ravi Subramanya and MLC Ashwathnarayan visited the BJP councillors who have been agitating at the council building.

The Mayor additionally arrived at the spot and urged the legislators to convince the contributors to call off their agitation.

Not with standing appeals by means of the Mayor to call off the protest, the BJP councillors refused to do so. Mr. Padmanabha Reddy, who was in advance within the day admitted to sanatorium, got discharged and joined the protest.