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Dramatic scenes played out at the trimonthly meeting of the general board of Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) as opposition Congress sought to corner the ruling BJP over the issue of vector-borne diseases in the city Monday.
The meeting began on a dramatic note as leader of opposition, Vashram Sagathiya, entered the meeting hall, posing as a patient and few fellow Congress corporators, including Atul Rajani, posing as his doctors and paramedics. Congress corporators alleged that vector-borne diseases like dengue had become uncontrollable in the city.
Congress corporator Mansukh Kalariya alleged that dengue was widespread, especially in Ward No 7. But BJP corporator from that ward, Kashyap Shukla, took exception to Congress “nitpicking” in his constituency. Congress corporator Vijay Vank and Shukla then indulged in an ugly face-off over the use of certain words, resorting to pushing and pulling each other.
Marshals tried to pacify the clashing corporators and the situation came under control only after BJP corporators, Nitin Bhardwaj and former deputy mayor Uday Kangad, intervened and separated their respective supporters.
Incidentally, several dengue cases have come to light in the city during the past few weeks. Since January, total 198 confirmed and 170 suspected cases of dengue have been reported from the city. Three persons, suspected patients of dengue, have died. 113 cases of malaria have come to light.