Congress Corporators spoil the opportunity to debate the Khadi-made flag issue

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Congress corporators arguing with Mayor Iresh Anchatgeri during general body meeting of HDMC on Friday

Hubballi: The Congress HDMC members were keen to raise the issue of the Union government’s decision to amend the flag code at the zero hours of the general body meeting of the HDMC on Friday.

The Congress leaders were actively supporting the Khadi weavers and flag makers of Bengeri Khadi Gramodyog Unit and wanted to speak on behalf of them, condemning the union government’s decision, but that did not happen. The reason was that the Congress leaders did not allow the meeting to proceed further.

Congress corporators were upset, claiming that the additional agenda items brought for discussion at the meeting were too many and that the mayor should reduce a few of them so that they could be discussed in detail. As the chaos prevailed after Congress members trooped to the well, Mayor Iresh Anchatgeri adjourned the meeting for 10 minutes. As soon as the meeting began, Congress leaders did not allow him to proceed further, which made him adjourn the meeting.

The decision of the Mayor left the Congress leaders who came to the meeting wearing Khadi caps and affixing pocket flags on their clothes to support the Khadi flag makers and weavers of Khadi high and dry.

Before adjourning the meeting, the mayor passed 14 additional agenda items without any discussion, citing disruption of Congress members. The additional agenda contained HDMC’s plan of distributing 1 lakh flags to the residents of the twin cities on the occasion of the Har Ghar Tiranga campaign. The meeting was to take approval for this, but it was passed with no discussion because of the protest.

One of the Congress leaders said that if the agenda of distribution of flags by HDMC came for the discussion, we could have pressed Mayor and Commissioner to distribute only Khadi and handmade flags to the people, now, the HDMC will distribute polyester and other machine made flags.

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Congress corporators appeared in the meeting wearing Khadi cap and affixing pocket flags on their clothes

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