The state government is reportedly poised to ease out Hyderabad mayor M Majid Hussain as a tit-for-tat for his party, the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM), pulling out of its alliance with the ruling Congress at the state level.
Towards this objective, the Congress is reportedly planning to take advantage of a provision (section 679-B) in the Gretater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Act by which a mayor can be removed if the government is satisfied that he abused his position. According to reliable sources, the government has sought a report from GHMC commissioner M T Krishna Babu on the ruckus during the general body meeting of the GHMC council on Saturday due to which no business could be transacted.
When the council met Saturday, coporators of the MIM disrupted the proceedings and prevented B Uday Kumar (BJP) from taking oath. Uday Kumar was declared elected from the Langer Houz division by the High Court in November, leading to the disqualification of an MIM corporator, B Ravi Yadav.
Speaking to Express, a senior GHMC official said a detailed report on the matter was being prepared, as sought by the state government.
As per section 679-AA of the GHMC Act, the government can suo motu or in response to a representation, suspend a mayor or a deputy mayor if he has abused his position so as to lead to a situation in which municipal administration cannot be carried out.
GHMC officials and non-MIM corporators feel that the mayor did abuse his position during the council meeting. TDP floor Leader in GHMC, Singiredy Srinivas Reddy, in a letter addressed to the chief minister sought action against the mayor.