THE BRIHANMUMBAI Municipal Corporation’s proposal to introduce a code of conduct for corporators during the general body meetings was not approved by group leaders at their meeting on Friday. The group leaders of all the parties mutually decided to come up with a code of conduct on their own, which every corporator would abide by.
Political parties had not been happy with the proposal of empowering the municipal commissioner to disqualify corporators, along with some other provisions in the BMC’s code.
MNS corporator and group leader Sandeep Deshpande said, “We have agreed to set up a committee of corporators from the Opposition as well as from the ruling parties and they will come up with a new code of conduct which everyone will follow.” Supporting his stand, Congress corporator Pravin Chheda said, “The general body meeting is a symbol of democracy and we will not allow the intervention of the administration. We will come up with rules that everyone will agree to and will follow.”
The civic administration had formulated the code after several instances of disruptions took place during general body meetings in the past few months. The norms included taking the help of marshalls to escort a suspended corporator out if they don’t comply with the Mayor’s orders. The code restricted suspended corporators not only from the general body meetings, but also from taking part in any of the committee meetings. It also proposed frisking of corporators before they entered the meeting hall to ensure that were not carrying things that could disrupt the House, and the installation of mobile jammers.