Some former councillors and the former presidents of Tumkur City Municipal Council have said that they are not contesting the urban local bodies elections stating that the municipal council will be upgraded as a corporation in another six months. The former CMC presidents Aslam Pasha, Yashoda Gangappa and Devika Siddalingegowda have announced their decision not to contest in the urban local bodies elections.

Some of the former councillors are hesitant too, while many fear that they have to face one more election within a year when the municipal council is likely to become a corporation.

Mr. Aslam Pasha and Ms. Devika Siddalingegowda said that they will contest for the post of corporator when Tumkur gets a corporation.

Meanwhile, some former councillors said that the State government had an opportunity to upgrade Tumkur as a corporation before the urban local bodies elections. However, it has delayed taking a decision, they said.

A former councillor T.S. Tharunesh told The Hindu , “This municipal council will exist for only a few months and hence, I am not contesting.”

District secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxists) Syed Mujeeb quoted leaders from different political parties as saying why should they spend money for this elections and as well as the city corporation elections likely to be held soon thereafter. Another former councillor K.P. Mahesh, who is contesting the urban local bodies elections, said that all the contestants are apprehensive that their term will be a short one.

  • Many contestants fear that there will be another election within a year

  • ‘Why should we spend money now and again in another six months?’