State Minister for Urban Affairs Manjalamkuzhi Ali voiced protest in the state Assembly over Gandhi's action of personally calling the secretary of the City Corporation and 'threatening him with consequences' after the local body initiated steps to control street dogs menace.
    
Replying to a calling attention on a need to check stray dog menace, Ali said Maneka Gandhi calling the officer and giving instructions without informing the state was condemnable, and voiced concern over her 'intervention' in state affairs over with the issue.
    
On the various steps taken on the matter, Ali said civic bodies have been directed to take necessary steps including mercy killing of violent and rabies-affected stray dogs.
    
The court itself had approved mercy killing of violent dogs, Ali pointed out, adding that the government would take steps within the parameters of law.
    
Intervening, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said local self-governments have been given freedom to deal with violent dogs.

 

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