BBMP may have 20 nominated members

The Bill provides for nomination of 10 per cent of the total number of members to the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike council.

Chief Minister Yeddyurappa, piloting the bill, said small and compact wards were necessary for effective administration in Bangalore.

 The Bill restricts the maximum population in each ward to 30,000. The governor had already promulgated an ordinance to this effect. The Bill would replace the ordinance, the CM said.
JD(S) leader H D Revanna objected to the provision for nomination. He questioned the necessity to nominate so many to the council.

Congress deputy leader T B Jayachandra alleged that the Government brought in the amendment in a hurry as it had been facing Karnataka High Court’s wrath for not holding the elections to Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike in time. He also suggested certain conditions on nominating members to the council. Instead of party workers, the Government should ensure that those experienced in urban planning and experts in improving urban infrastructure should be nominated. Minister for Law Suresh Kumar said the Government would consider Jayachandra’s suggestion seriously.

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