Mangalore: Budget Approved, MCC Saved from Being Superseded

Mangalore: Budget Approved, MCC Saved from Being Superseded
Prakash Samaga
Pic: Spoorthi Ullal
Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore
Mangalore, Mar 30:
With all kinds of issues worrying the city, from water shortage to roads to drainage facilities, there was fear in some quarters that the situation might worsen as the fate of the annual budget was hanging in balance.

The BJP boycotted the session but mayor Gulzar Banu went ahead with the budget, thus averting the possibility of the MCC getting 'superceded' as in the case of Begaum City Corporation which failed to present its budget.

Mayor Gulzar Banu presents budget amidst boycott and empty rows

The mayor from Congress had to face some tense minutes initially when she requested BJP’s Shantha to present the budget. Even Shantha had a tough time as her own party's Shankar Bhat questioned the authority of mayor Gulzar Banu to instruct Shantha. He termed Gulzar Banu a 'so-called mayor' on the grounds that Congress has no majority in city corporation and BJP’s plea to stay the mayor election is still in the court.
Congress corporators on the other hand flayed Shankar Bhat, saying that he was hindering the development of the city as budget presentation is an important part of any democratic administration.
Ultimately, the BJP corporators were left with no option but to boycott the budget session, as it was a question of ‘prestige’ for them. It was the BJP that prepared budget, but due to their own fault, they had to watch the opposition party presenting it!

Though BJP boycotted the crucial budget session, as per the rules, if one-third of the total members are present during the session, the budget is approved. Thus, among 60 corporators, 21 congress corporators were present, and hence the budget becomes viable.

Confusion galore

Usually, a budget session is followed by a discussion wherein opposition parties raise negative points in the budget. However, in Mangalore City Corporation such is the case that no one knows which is the ruling party and which is opposition. Though BJP has majority, the mayor’s post is held by Congress. Further, though their own party's mayor presented the budget, Congress corporators were not in a position to accept it wholeheartedly as it was prepared by BJP!


Congress corporator Naveen D'Souza said that Rs 1.50 crore should be kept aside in this year's budget for clearing Pacchanady dumping yard as it requires at least two years' time at a total cost of Rs 3 crore. He also demanded an additional Rs 10 lac to be kept aside for traffic signboards. Already, Rs 50 lac is allotted for traffic signals. He also stressed that all residents should have door numbers as some houses are missed out during tax collection and water billing.
Another corporator, Harinath, said that a special task force should be formed to put a lid on unauthorized advertising hoardings which do not earn any income for the MCC, as advertisement tax revenue stood at only Rs 125 lac.

The budget came under the scanner of Congress, CPI(M) and independent members, as BJP members including deputy mayor Amithakala staged a walk-out.
Finally, with some corrections made, mayor Gulzar Banu announced that the budget for the year 2012-13 has been approved.



Top Stories

Comment on this article

  • vincy, bangkok

    Sat, Mar 31 2012

    Shankar Bhat should first learn to respect the ladies in the MCC.Instead of passing such comments on mayor he should repair his own team who is responsible for this situation.

    DisAgree [2] Agree [5] Reply Report Abuse

  • Mohammed Shafi, Kandlur

    Sat, Mar 31 2012


    DisAgree [3] Agree [12] Reply Report Abuse

  • Fazil, DXB

    Sat, Mar 31 2012

    Respected Mayor No worries, no treatment for Jealous, Go ahead and God Bless you.

    DisAgree [6] Agree [18] Reply Report Abuse

  • Gerald, modankap-bantval

    Sat, Mar 31 2012


    DisAgree [9] Agree [14] Reply Report Abuse

  • Bulsam, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 31 2012

    The law of the land should take action against Mr. Shankar Bhat for insulting the legally elected Mayor of Mangalore City Corporation?

    DisAgree [7] Agree [17] Reply Report Abuse


    Fri, Mar 30 2012

    Yupp......Budget passed!!! Unprecedented in the history of Mangalore MCC,Karnataka, perhaps I, Guess in national political history!Coz.. Budget prepared by BJP corporators
    and for everybody's astonishment they themselves opposer!!Madam Gulzar Banu able to balance the "Airplane after heavy storm in the sky".Yupp...It is clean shave for supersede the MCC but some are how steadied.....Mr Shanker Bhat it's BJP's fault and there was a divine intervention so that Gulzar Banu able to make it as first ever Muslim Mayor of Karnataka.

    DisAgree [7] Agree [22] Reply Report Abuse

Leave a Comment

Title: Mangalore: Budget Approved, MCC Saved from Being Superseded

You have 2000 characters left.


Please write your correct name and email address. Kindly do not post any personal, abusive, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent, discriminatory or unlawful or similar comments. will not be responsible for any defamatory message posted under this article.

Please note that sending false messages to insult, defame, intimidate, mislead or deceive people or to intentionally cause public disorder is punishable under law. It is obligatory on Daijiworld to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments, to the authority concerned upon request.

Hence, sending offensive comments using daijiworld will be purely at your own risk, and in no way will be held responsible.