Fisticuffs in BBMP council over property tax hike

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Elected representatives of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike council got here to blows at the month-to-month meeting 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 the health center in an ambulance. Within the melee, girls councilors sustained some minor injuries. In no way has the BBMP council seen this kind of show of fisticuffs.

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

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

Councilors 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 councilors vociferously voiced their dissent, the ruling Congress handed the resolution.

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

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

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

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

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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 moved out of the hall in a stretcher, after which the BJP councilors left the corridor. Mr. Padmanabha Reddy turned into rushed to the 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 councilors 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.

Notwithstanding appeals using 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 the sanatorium, got discharged and joined the protest.