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High drama at Thiruvananthapuram Corporation Budget meeting as Mayor criticises Union govt; BJP walks out 2024 trendoogle

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High drama at Thiruvananthapuram Corporation Budget meeting as Mayor criticises Union govt; BJP walks out 2024 trendoogle
Budget meeting as Mayor criticises Union govt

Budget meeting as Mayor criticises Union govt

Budget meeting as Mayor criticises Union govt : BJP councillors raise slogans during a protest amid the Budget session of the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation here on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024.

Budget meeting as Mayor criticises Union govt
Budget meeting as Mayor criticises Union govt

Budget meeting as Mayor criticises Union govt

Dramatic scenes unfolded at the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation council’s meeting on Wednesday to present the Budget for 2024-25 with Mayor Arya Rajendran delivering stinging criticism against the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Union government during her opening remarks, leading to a walkout by the Opposition BJP.

The Mayor began her introductory address, which lasted close to 45 minutes, by raising concerns over the challenges faced by Constitutional values including secularism in present day India.

She then went on to speak about the need for rulers to stay above religious concerns, the ongoing ethnic violence in Manipur and the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. The speech also had detailed references to the alleged financial embargo imposed by the Union government on Kerala, the trampling on federal values, the promotion of regressive, anti-scientific thought in education and a host of other issues. The criticism of the Union government was followed by praise for the State government’s record, despite the adversities, as well as that of the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation in recent years.

Budget meeting as Mayor criticises Union govt

The BJP councillors who rose up from their seats as soon she began the speech, staged a protest march around the council hall, raising slogans against the Mayor and the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF). The BJP leaders accused the Mayor and the LDF of politicising a meeting which was meant to present the Budget. The Opposition councillors who returned to the council hall after the march continued to raise slogans all through the Mayor’s speech.

Things did not cool down even when Deputy Mayor P.K.Raju rose to present the Budget. Before his speech, he lashed out at the BJP councillors, accusing them of being intolerant to even a mention about the Constitution, a picture of which occupies the cover page of the Budget document. The protest subsided only when he began his speech.

Budget meeting as Mayor criticises Union govt
Budget meeting as Mayor criticises Union govt

Thiruvananthapuram Corporation Budget Meeting Descends into High Drama: Mayor’s Critique of Union Government Spurs BJP Walkout

Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala: In a scene rife with tension and political fervor, the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation Budget meeting witnessed unprecedented drama as Mayor [Name] delivered a scathing critique of the Union government’s policies, prompting a walkout by BJP representatives.

As the meeting convened to discuss the municipal budget for the upcoming fiscal year, Mayor [Name] took the podium to address the assembly. In a passionate speech, she lambasted the central government for its alleged neglect of Kerala’s developmental needs and its failure to provide adequate financial support to local governing bodies.

Citing examples of stalled infrastructure projects and funding discrepancies, the Mayor accused the Union government of prioritizing political agendas over the welfare of the people. She emphasized the crucial role of local governments in driving socio-economic progress and called for greater autonomy and resources to fulfill their mandates effectively.

The Mayor’s outspoken criticism drew sharp reactions from BJP councilors, who vehemently defended the policies of the central government and accused the Mayor of politicizing the budget proceedings. Amid escalating tensions, BJP representatives staged a walkout, denouncing what they perceived as partisan rhetoric and lack of decorum.

Budget meeting as Mayor criticises Union govt

Budget meeting as Mayor criticises Union govt
Budget meeting as Mayor criticises Union govt

The dramatic turn of events underscored the deep-seated ideological divisions and political tensions simmering within Kerala’s local governance structures. The clash between the ruling coalition and the opposition party laid bare the underlying frictions fueled by divergent visions for the region’s development and governance.

Despite the acrimony, the budget deliberations continued, with remaining councilors engaging in spirited debates and negotiations to finalize the municipal budget for the year ahead. The episode served as a poignant reminder of the complexities inherent in local politics and the enduring influence of national dynamics on grassroots governance.

As Thiruvananthapuram Corporation grapples with the formidable task of charting its fiscal course amidst ideological discord, the fallout from the heated budget meeting is likely to reverberate across Kerala’s political landscape, shaping public discourse and policy priorities in the days to come.

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