Changanassery municipal secretary’s order to sound sirens during the breaking of Ramzan fast has sparked controversy in the region. According to the order, sirens should be sounded from the 23rd of the month of Ramzan until the end of the fast on the 21st of April. The order assigned the responsibility to contingent employee Biju, with Health Supervisor Sonsunder in charge of supervision.
However, the order’s implementation faced opposition from BJP councilors, who alleged that the order was passed without discussion in the municipal council. Hindu Aikyavedi and Christian organization Casa also joined in, with Casa approaching the High Court against the order, while the Hindu Aikyavedi planned to file a petition in the High Court.
The controversy has now become a political issue, with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad organizing a protest in front of the Changanassery Municipal Corporation. The Putur Jamaat had initially made the demand for the municipality siren to be sounded during the fasting period, and the order was approved by the municipal secretary. However, many councilors were unaware of the order until it became a controversy.
BJP councilors were the first to come forward against the controversial order, demanding that it be revoked. The BJP alleged that the order was passed without discussion in the council and submitted an application to the municipal chairperson, who convened an emergency council meeting. Congress-CPM councilors remained silent on the issue, and the municipality refused to withdraw the order, leading the BJP councilor to walk out of the meeting. The BJP has three councilors in the municipal council.
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