Mangaluru: Mayor Misused Power, Called Special Assembly Breaking Law – Sudhir Shetty

Mangaluru: Opposition leader and Corporator Sudhir Shetty held a press meet at theMCC premises here, on February 25.

Addressing the mediapersons, Sudhir said, “The decisions taken at the ‘Vishesha Sabha’ (Special Assembly) held at the MCC on February 24 should not be implemented, as the circumstances under which the assembly was held are not valid. Such a meeting should be called only when there is a need for discussion on ‘urgent matters’ only.”

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He further said that there was a provision to call such a meeting, according to which 1/3 of the council should submit a request for a special meeting after submitting the ‘subject of urgency’ in writing. “It can be called between two sessions only if there was a valid immediate reason. KMC laws don’t allow pending discussions of the general assembly to be heard at a special assembly. With a view of political gain, the special assembly session was held on February 24,” he said.

Sudhir said that a complaint in this regard was filed with the MCC commissioner, State Secretary for Urban Development and the District in-charge Secretary. A letter claiming the invalidity of the assembly was sent to the State Government as well. The letter also sought disqualification of the Mayor and Chief Legislature from their designation for flaunting the law. “We have sent a legal notice to the defaulters as well,” he added.

“The Mayor has no right to approve the works which amount to Rs 19 crore in the special assembly. This is misuse of power and we have asked the lokayukta to investigate the matter. It is dangerous for a Mayor to approve every suggestion and recommendation without studying the matter closely,” he said.

Corporators, Roopa Bangera, Premanada Shetty and others were also present.

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