Back-to-back civic elections likely in City

Back-to-back civic elections likely in City
Bengaluru may witness back-to-back elections to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) as the State government has decided to pursue the controversial amendment bill that seeks trifurcation of the BBMP. Elections are likely to be held before August.

The Congress government has decided to pave the way for holding elections in three months as per the recent Supreme Court order. In the meantime, the government will be pursuing the Karnataka Municipal Corporation (Amendment) bill, 2015 – that has been recently referred to the select committee of the Legislative Council.

“Pursuing the bill and holding elections to the BBMP are two different things. The former is a legislative measure and the latter is a judicial order. The government will pursue the bill in the select committee and work towards its implementation,” Law minister T B Jayachandra said.

When asked whether there will be back-to-back elections in Bengaluru, the minister said there is a strong possibility of it as the Supreme Court order would be followed. Once the bill is implemented, elections will have to be conducted again for the three new corporations. Constitution of three corporations is important for providing effective service to people, he added.

The government had recently convened a special session of the State Legislature to seek approval for the bill. But opposition parties stiffly opposed the bill and forced the government to refer it to the select committee in the Council.

Sources in the State Congress said that the party is firm on its stand to trifurcate the municipal area of Bengaluru into three corporations. It was one of the major promises made by the party during the 2013 Assembly elections. Hence, the party government is unlikely to backtrack on its move to constitute three new city corporations. When contacted, Transport minister Ramalinga Reddy refused to comment.

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