Bijapur: Urban Development Minister R Roshan Baig had a tough time getting rid of an irate corporator Mainuddin Bilagi who undertook a dharna in front of his car demanding that he be heard before getting into the meeting hall here on Monday.
The minister even before stepping out of his car, the corporator started shouting against the corporation commissioner and when the minister did not listen to him and tried to pass over, he started shouting slogans against corporation commissioner Harsha Shetti and said: “I am a strict Muslim and minister must listen.”
Mr Bilgi alleged that the corporation commissioner Harsha Shetti was involved in corruption in allotting the shops of the civic body. He complained that the commissioner was doing his will without caring for the elected representatives. Without allowing the minister to get down from his car, the corporator went on narrating how the commissioner had played mischief with the elected representatives. He said that a few days back he and some other corporators had approached the commissioner with a suggestion not to disturb the lease holders of the shops of the civic body and to continue their lease which had ended. The commissioner did not oblige the corporators quoting rules. But the same officer allocated the shops at will, he said and alleged that the commissioner was involved in an underhand dealing in the matter.
Mr Baig managed to get into the Corporation office with the help of the police. The shouting corporator was not allowed inside the hall of the corporation where a felicitation and meeting was arranged. Mr Bilgi shouted at the top of his voice questioning if it was wrong raising the issue related to the good of the citizens. He alleged that the minister had no time to listen to the problems of the elected representatives.
Mr Baig in his address expressed his displeasure over the conduct of the corporator. He suggested that the elected representatives should discuss developmental issues. He said that the local issues be raised in proper platform. He described the conduct of Mr Bilgi as populist.