JD(S) to beat drums against 'bogus BBMP budget'

BANGALORE: While Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) chose to make noise through beating of drums, to collect tax from the defaulters, a few JD(S) councillors, following the suit, are&nb

Published: 01st February 2012 03:30 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 05:47 PM   |  A+A-

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JD(S) members staging a protest in BBMP Council in Bangalore on Tuesday|Express Photo

BANGALORE: While Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) chose to make noise through beating of drums, to collect tax from the defaulters, a few JD(S) councillors, following the suit, are  planning to beat drums against Ruling Party for presenting ‘bogus budget’.

In the BBMP council meeting, JD(S) councillors called the fiscal budget a bogus, and started beating drums. Also, they demanded the resignation of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and chairpersons of the Standing Committees for presenting a bogus budget. Though carrying any instruments is violation of Karnataka Municipal Corporations (KMC) Act, the JD(S) councilors seemed to care least about it.

When asked why the Act was violated, JD(S) leader Padmanabha Reddy said that it was a lesson learnt from the commissioner, who had suggested to beat drums to collect tax arrears. In his reply, Shankarlinge Gowda suggested that the BBMP council has taken up infrastructure works on priority basis, as mentioned in its budget during 2010-11 and 2011-12. He also said that Palike would be financially burdened if works of both the budgets were taken up.

Recently, a contractor had barged into commissioner’s chamber to seize his furniture following the court’s order directing the BBMP to pay the uncleared Rs 45.30 lakh. Commissioner had managed to save his chair by issuing a cheque for Rs 45.30 lakh to clear the dues.

Referring to this, Reddy charged at the BBMP legal cell who failed to challenge the court order. In his reply, commissioner said that the then CMC had defaulted the payment. The court directed to seize the furniture when the BBMP legal cell failed to contest the case.

Hanumanthnagar councillor K Chandrashekar said that 42 schemes, worth Rs 4,600 crore were not taken up.

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