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Corporation budget gets finance panel’s approval – Times of India

Thiruvananthapuram: The stalemate over the approval of the corporation’s budget by the finance standing committee has ended with the panel clearing the budget estimates and proposals during a meeting held here on Tuesday.
With seven councillors representing BJP expressing dissent, the estimates and proposals were not passed by the finance standing committee till Monday. This forced LDF to go on an appeasement mode and senior LDF councillors requested the BJP councillors to compromise on the matter during an all-party meeting held on Monday.
The core committee meeting convened by BJP on Monday night reportedly decided to let the estimates get passed in the finance standing committee but also conveyed to the ruling council that their demands shall be met and considered during the budget presentation.
In the finance standing committee meeting held on Tuesday, BJP did not present the full quorum of seven councillors. This made it possible for the deputy mayor, the head of the finance standing committee, to get the estimates passed with the approval of available quorum. Out of 12 members, 10 councillors attended the meeting and with the BJP desisting from showing full strength, majority was in favour of getting the estimates passed in the committee. Once the budget was declared passed by the standing committee, deputy mayor was the most relieved person as he would be able to present the corporation budget for 2022-23.
BJP’s last minute willingness for a compromise came as a breather for LDF which nearly faced the embarrassing prospect of not being able to have the budget presented by the deputy mayor. If finance committee hadn’t approved the budget proposals and estimates, the secretary would have presented the estimates and mayor would have presented the proposals. Senior LDF councillors had done hectic parleys with the BJP councillors to avert such a situation.
BJP which had ripped through the LDF councillors during the presentation of administration report would feel victorious and would sense gaining dominance in the budget proposals and allocation. The pressure tactic played by BJP turned up trumps and forced the LDF to heed to BJP’s demands.
On the other hand, LDF’s lack of tact, experience and preparedness which has always marred the present ruling council again proved dearly as senior heads of standing committees could not resolve the crisis earlier. The previous council meeting had witnessed a heated debate over non-allocation of an office for BJP councillor in Vattiyoorkavu zonal office and making arrangements for Vattiyoorkavu MLA V K Prasanth’s various initiatives. BJP’s objection to approve the budget estimate was a rebuke to LDF’s stern ways of dealing with BJP’s demands.

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