Minister for Urban Development Law and Parliamentary Affairs S. Suresh Kumar here on Wednesday decided to seek an explanation from the Mayor, and a 15-day deadline has been given for the show cause notice issued to the Belgaum corporation as to why it should not be dissolved.
A fortnight ago the government had issued the notice in English to the Mayor and her deputy after they had taken part in the black day rally organised by the Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti on Rajyotsava day. Both the mayor and deputy mayor who at first said they wont reply, replied in Kannada and stated they were not against the language or state.
The notice would be served under Section 99 of the Karnataka Municipal Corporation Act as the corporation council has hardly met over the past year, and even when it has met, there has been no deliberation on matters pertaining to the upkeep of the city area. There are also a string of violations. In the view of the Government the council has to be dissolved.
The show cause notice issued for the dissolution was a surprise to the opposition councilors who had demanded the sacking of the Mayor and her deputy only, but now the minister has said that why not dissolve the entire corporation itself.
In November 2005, Dharam Singh had decided to dissolve the Belgaum Corporation council. Vijay Morey was the Mayor at that point of time.