Govt yet to release BBMP ward reservation list

Govt seeks eight days time from HC to sort out modalities


The government on Tuesday sought eight days time from the Karnataka High Court to sort out the modalities to conduct the Palike elections. These modalities could have been concluded much earlier had the BJP government not buckled under pressure from its ranks.

The major hitch coming in the government’s way is the strong protest over the reservation of wards. It is the general category party workers who are becoming major impediments, said sources in the BJP.

“None of the party workers are today prepared to see his or her ward reserved. The party workers are conveying their protest to the MLAs and MPs who in turn are pressurising the minister and the secretary to change the ward,” said a BJP leader.

The situation inside the BJP in Bangalore is like a volcano, which is ready to burst anytime. The fear of internal strife is so much that the BJP government is extremely careful of its steps.

The High Court on Tuesday adjourned the hearing of Public Interest Litigation in connection with the BBMP elections, after the State Government sought more time to complete the process of reservation of wards.

Adjourned

During the hearing, Advocate General Ashok Harnahalli said that the reservation list is ready, but mentioned that the State needs a week’s time to rectify some of the errors.
The division bench comprising  Chief Justice P D Dinakaran and Justice V G Sabhahit adjourned the case to Sep 16.

Chronology

* July 2, 2008: Government directed to conduct BBMP elections within three months
* November 10, 2008: High Court grants four months' extension.
* March 3, 2009: The court fixed the deadline as July 31 2009
* July 15, 2009: Notification of the delimitation of 198 wards
* July 17, 2009: SEC asks for eight weeks time to complete procedure for elections
* August 31, 2009: HC adjourns the hearing on Palike elections after Government seeks eight days time to prepare an answer

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