Can BBMP polls be held by March 30?

Staff Reporter

Yes, if the reservation list is ready in a week, says election official

SEC has filed application before the High Court

Government may still try to seek more time

Bangalore: Is it still possible to hold elections to the Bruhat Bangalore Mahangara Palike (BBMP) Council by March 30 deadline set by the Karnataka High Court?

According to a senior official in the Urban Development Department, the State Elections Commission (SEC) can hold elections as per High Court’s deadline if the Government made available the list of ward-wise reservation by March 4 or 5 as the SEC recently said that it required 25 days for conducting the polls.

“We have given seven days (till March 2) for the public to send objections and suggestions for the draft list of reservation and we can come out with the final list within a couple of days after March 2 taking into consideration the suggestions and objections,” the officer said.

The officer said: “We admit that we could not submit the reservation list before February 22 to the SEC as the matter was pending before the Supreme Court. We will try to convey our difficulty before the High Court when we respond to the SEC’s application in which it said that the Government did not submit list of reservation.”

Meanwhile, sources said the State Government would leave no stone unturned to seek more time for the polls by once again trying to convince the court the difficulty in conducting elections in March when many annual examinations are scheduled.

However, the SEC officials said: “We have already filed application informing the court that the Government failed to submit the reservation list by February 22 and now we are awaiting orders from the court.”

Meanwhile, the revised list of ward-wise reservation issued by the Government on February 23 has changed the category of reservation for about 40 wards when compared to the earlier notification that was quashed by the High Court.

The present reservation was fixed by taking into account the category-wise population in each ward as per the court’s directive instead of category-wise population based in each Assembly constituency.

For example, the Chowdeshwari Ward that was reserved for General category in the earlier notification has now been reserved for Backward Class-A (Women); Jakkur ward has now been reserved for General (Women) instead of General category.

However, there is no change in the status of total number of wards reserved for different categories.

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