HUBBALLI: Congress and BJP members in the Hubballi-Dharwad Municipal Council (HDMC) got into a verbal duel during the general body meeting on Friday over Mayor Eeresh Anchatageri not wearing the first citizen’s gown.
As soon as the meeting started, Congress members raised a din over the issue of the gown and insisted that the meeting should start only when the mayor wears the gown. Due to the ruckus, the meeting was put off for half an hour.
On his part, Mayor Eeresh Anchatageri has given up wearing the gown saying that it is a colonial legacy. But the Congress corporators would have none of it. Corporator Niranjan Hiremath even snatched the mayor’s bell and the Opposition members did not relent even after the mayor made an appeal. Finally, the mayor walked out of the meeting hall.