Chaos at GHMC council meeting as corporators clash over political allegiances

BJP, BRS corporators reach venue wearing black scarves & ribbons
BJP corporators stage a protest at the GHMC office in Hyderabad on Saturday
BJP corporators stage a protest at the GHMC office in Hyderabad on SaturdayPhoto | Express

HYDERABAD: Unprecedented scenes were witnessed during the GHMC council meeting on Saturday with corporators of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) almost coming to blows over saffron party leaders displaying caricatures targeting Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi, Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy and BRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao.

Even as AIMIM corporators objected to the placards and tried to forcibly remove them, BRS corporators repeatedly stormed the podium, demanding the resignation of Hyderabad Mayor Gadwal Vijayalaxmi for switching loyalties to the Congress.

It was only due to the presence of marshals who were forced to intervene multiple times that the meeting did not descend into physical violence. However, it was no less than a street fight as leaders from all parties cast decorum aside and accorded scant respect to the situation.

The meeting, held after a six-month gap, was adjourned without any agenda items being taken up, resulting in lakhs of rupees spent on arranging it going down the drain

Even before the meeting began, BJP and BRS corporators made their intentions clear, reaching the venue wearing black scarves and black ribbons respectively. They also carried sewage pipelines and hyacinths from polluted water bodies to the GHMC head office.

As soon as the session began, BRS, BJP and Congress corporators began heated exchanges and disrupting proceedings. Calls for Mayor Vijayalaxmi’s resignation dominated through the session, with BRS corporators stating that she now lacks the majority support needed for her position. They also demanded the resignation of Deputy Mayor Mothe Srilatha Reddy who also joined the Congress.

Mayor Gadwal Vijayalaxmi speaks during the meeting
Mayor Gadwal Vijayalaxmi speaks during the meetingPhoto | Express

Mayor Vijayalaxmi condemned the BRS corporators for their actions, accusing them of encouraging defections. “’’For the last two years when BRS was in power, development has come to a standstill, whereas developmental works have been carried out since the last six months after Congress came to power. You did do any development of the city,” the Mayor shouted at the BRS members.

Following an adjournment, BJP corporators displayed the contentious posters, provoking AIMIM corporators resulting in pandemonium. Marshals intervened to diffuse the situation. Despite efforts to resume the session and offer condolences to deceased leaders, disruptions continued, leading to further adjournments.

BJP corporators demanded to know why HMWSSB MD Ashok Reddy was not present when most of the issues are concerning water and sewerage issues. The Mayor directed GHMC commissioner Amrapali Kata to talk to him.

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Interestingly, KP Vivekanand — one of the BRS MLAs who met Sridhar Babu on Saturday — asked Gadwal Vijayalaxmi to resign as Hyderabad mayor, noting that it was a post given to her by the pink party. Reacting to the ruckus at the GHMC council meeting on Saturday, he added that she should follow in the footsteps of her father and former MP K Keshava Rao, who quit the BRS and joined the Congress

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