Protesting BJP corporators burn midnight oil in the council hall

Protesting BJP corporators burn midnight oil in the council hall

Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2016-04-30 12:43 Bengaluru: BJP corporators continued their agitation against revision of property tax through the Friday night. Led by MLA R Ashok, the BJP councillors huddled at the council hall with blankets and were seen debating the whole issue till the late night. Women corporators, especially, were seen complaining R Ashok about how they were treated by Mayor and women Congress councillors.It may be recalled here that a few BJP women councillors were attacked by their Congress counterparts. Reacting to their complaints, former deputy chief minister Ashok wondered whether the City Mayor Manjunath Reddy is a goonda?When asked why BJP was protesting when the revision of tax was proposed by them when they were at the helm, Ashok rubbished them. “This is wrong. When BJP was in power, the ruling Council did not revise the tax as we felt that such a move would burden the common man. However, the Congress and JD(S) are out to exploit people,” he remarked. He further said that the issue will be raised until the Congress withdraws its decision to impose hike on property tax.Mayor Manjunath Reddy who witnessed the late-night drama on television approached Ashok to ask his party corporators to behave well and withdraw their agitation."This is a sad day in the history of BBMP Council. The BJP had no issue earlier. Despite bringing down the tax hike by 20 per cent, the BJP is doing drama to garner the attention of the media,” he added,Hebbal MLA, Y Narayanswamy, who visited the protesting corporators in the council hall said he would take up the issue at the Assembly.While men corporators were having their own discussion, a few women corporators were seen calling their family members to find out whether all was fine at home.KR Puram corporator Poornima said staying away from home does not really disturb her. “After all, we are protesting for the people,” she said. Former mayor Shantakumari left in the middle of the night as someone in her friends circle passed away.  The Saffron party had made good arrangement of food, beds and blankets for the protesting corporators. As BJP state president BS Yeddyurappa instructed them to protest till Saturday morning, the councillors called off their protest at around 11 am.