The election for the posts of Mayor and Deputy Mayor, scheduled for April 27, has been postponed indefinitely. This is following the High Court’s directive to the government to not issue the election notification if the posts are not reserved for the Scheduled Tribes category.
The Urban Development Department, on Thursday, wrote to the Regional Commissioner (Bangalore division) stating that the calendar of events for the elections for the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and 12 standing committees had been withdrawn.
The High Court directive was the result of the petition filed jointly by Byatarayanapura councillor Indira and Neelasandra councillor Lokesh seeking reservation of the posts for STs.
The court upheld their petition and directed the government to ensure that the category roster is followed.
The government had earlier reserved the post of Mayor for the general category and Deputy Mayor for the Backward Classes A category. The Regional Commissioner (Bangalore Division) had also issued a notification scheduling the elections on April 27. With the withdrawal of the notification and postponement of the elections, the incumbent Mayor D. Venkatesh Murthy and Deputy Mayor L. Srinivas will continue in their posts until the elections, sources said.
The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike’s council section, which had already sent the election notice to all 198 councillors, has also withdrawn the notice. Officials in the council section confirmed this and said the BBMP had now sought the opinion of the Election Commission (EC) on holding the monthly council meeting.
Last month, the EC had stated that the monthly meeting will be held only if necessary.
Elections were scheduled for April 27 Calendar of events for elections withdrawn
Elections were scheduled for
Calendar of events for elections withdrawn