Special Correspondent

Dates to be fixed to avoid inconvenience to students writing examinations

BANGALORE: After several months of delay, now the Government is planning to hold elections to 198 urban local bodies in the State by May end.

Minister for Municipal Administration R. Srinivas told presspersons that the Government was planning to hold elections to city municipal councils (CMCs), town municipal councils (TMCs) and town panchayats in May to avoid inconvenience to students preparing for their examination in March and April. Conducting elections in March and April would disturb students for preparation of their examinations. Besides, schoolteachers would not be available for the election duty if elections were held in two months, he said.

The term of many CMCs and TMCs had ended long ago. Elections were not held on time following delay in the preparation of electoral rolls, preparation of reservation list and delimitation of wards.

The process of delimitation of wards of all the 213 civic bodies has been completed.

The Principal Secretary to the Government, Urban Development Department, would soon write to the State Election Commission on reservation for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Class (OBC) category, Mr. Srinivas said.

The Government had not conducted elections to Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) since it created the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike by merging seven CMCs, a TMC and 111 villages with the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) for their overall development. The term of the BMP expired on November 23, 2006.

The State Congress leaders had petitioned Governor T.N. Chaturvedi and urged him to direct the Government to announce elections to the civic bodies.