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Revanna alleges that fear of a rout led the BJP Government to postpone elections

Bangalore: The Janata Dal (Secular) leaders on Monday alleged that the State Government had deliberately postponed elections to the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) by preparing a flawed reservation list for wards. They have decided to urge Governor H.R. Bhardwaj to direct the Government to order a probe into the causes leading to postponement of the elections.

Addressing presspersons here, JD(S) floor leader in the Legislative Assembly H.D. Revanna alleged that with the fear of a total rout in the BBMP polls, the BJP Government had postponed the elections by preparing the erroneous reservation list for wards. If the Government failed to come out with an order on holding elections in the next few days, the party would petition the Governor and seek a probe into all issues leading to postponement of elections, he said.

Mr. Revanna said State Election Commissioner C.R. Chikmath must tender his resignation and take moral responsibility for the indefinite postponement of elections. Condemning the “unilateral” postponement of the BBMP polls, he said as per the 74th Constitutional amendment, the elections to the local bodies should be held within six months after the term of the elected body had ended. “But over three years have elapsed since the term of the BBMP elected body ended and the elections have not yet been held,” he said. He added that it was to “loot” money sanctioned for various infrastructure projects, that Ministers R. Ashok and Katta Subramanya Naidu had made every attempt to postpone the elections.

The State Election Commission had announced the calendar of events for BBMP polls on December 7, 2009, while the State Government had withdrawn its notification on reservation of wards on January 12, 2010, the JD(S) leaders said.