Retention of 147 wards sought

 The former mayor has prayed the Court to issue a writ to direct the government to hold the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) elections without further delay. The petitioner urged the Court to initiate appropriate proceedings against those responsible for not complying with the Court’s direction to hold the elections within the stipulated time. He wanted the High Court to ensure that the previous draft notification of 147 wards is brought into effect.
According to observers, the process of bringing the previous draft notification on delimitation of wards to 147 should be not be much of a trouble if the court decides to stay the final notification of 198 wards, as it was on the verge of being finalised.

‘Political gimmick’

“The State Government has done nothing but use the Constitution for a political gimmick. While the list of reserved wards should be released along with the final notification why is it that they are still delaying the entire process?” he asked. 

It is learnt that the petitioner has based his case on the argument of irrational division of wards with the sole intention of delaying the elections. “In some cases the wards have a population of more than 30,000 people, while in others well below. These are a direct violation of the Karnataka Municipal Corporations act 1971 which asks the division of wards to be done on a equitable basis of population,” said a legal expert. 

The petitioner has now urged the court to direct the government to hold the elections to the Palike without redetermination of wards.

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