State seeks apex court nod to hold local bodies’ elections

Staff Reporter
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The State government has pleaded with the Supreme Court to allow it to conduct the local body elections based on 2001 census, Municipal Administration Minister M. Mahidhar has said. “We are waiting for the apex court directive on the issue.”

The Minister was in the city to lay the foundation for a green building being constructed by the Vijayawada Guntur Tenali and Mangalagiri Urban Development Authority (VGTMUDA) here on Saturday.

Speaking to reporters, Mr. Reddy said that the elections to the local bodies were overdue. It was not proper to continue the urban local bodies under special officer rule. The government, however, could not conduct the elections as the 2011 population census was yet to be published. The government was of the view that the elections should be conducted based on the 2001 population census, he added.

The government apprised the apex court of the situation and the likely delay in publication of the 2011 census, he said, adding, “We are waiting for the apex court to give the necessary direction,” he said.

Term ended in 2010

It may be recalled that the tenure of elected bodies of the municipalities and corporations ended in 2010. Since then the urban local bodies are under special officer rule.

The apex court had directed the government to conduct the elections taking the backward classes population into consideration.

  • Government favours conducting the polls on the basis of 2001 census

  • Elections could not be held as 2011 census is not yet published

  • From 2010 the urban local bodies are under special officer rule

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