Thrissur Mayor's office locked over rat menace; Deputy Mayor cries foul

Thrissur Mayor's office locked over rat menace; Deputy Mayor cries foul
Deputy Mayor Beena Murali alleged that the office was locked without obtaining permission from the corporation secretary and engineer.
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Thrissur: The Mayor’s office and chamber have been ransacked in the name of rat control and locked. The table and chairs have also been removed reportedly for carrying out maintenance work. However, Deputy Mayor Beena Murali of CPI alleged that all this was done with the connivance of some CPM leaders to prevent her from occupying the space.

Beena Murali was given the charge of Mayor after the incumbent Ajitha Jayarajan, a CPM member, stepped down from the post on November 17. According to an agreement arrived at during the election, the Mayor's post has to be held by a CPI member for the next one year.

Meanwhile, Beena Murali alleged that the office was locked without obtaining permission from the corporation secretary and engineer. It was unfortunate that those who are in charge of the office had resorted to such measures, she added.

During the last council meeting, Beena had charged former Deputy Mayor Varghese Kandamkulathi with interference in her ward hampering the projects there.

The Mayor's chamber was found locked by some employees who arrived there on Monday morning. The Mayor's chair was shifted from the spot and the seats of the standing committee chiefs were found piled up in the room. The name board of the Mayor's car was removed and the vehicle was shifted to a workshop citing maintenance.

According to the agreement between the ruling parties, Beena took charge as Deputy Mayor in December last year after Varghese Kandamkulathi completed a two-year term.

A political seesaw

CPI had earlier refused to accept CPM's proposal for the resignation of Mayor and Deputy Mayor together. According to the CPI, its member would quit only in December after completing the one-year term.

Beena had also said at the last council meeting that corporation officials were ignoring her directives. She had warned of an agitation if they did not correct their stand.

There were also allegations that corporation officials were obstructing the construction of an Anganwadi in the Deputy Mayor's division. The latest incidents have taken place against this background. However, the CPI leadership has not intervened in the issue.

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