'BBMP polls to be held on basis of 2011 reservation list'

'BBMP polls to be held on basis of  2011 reservation list'

Law Minister T B Jayachandra on Monday said the BBMP polls would be held based on the 2011 census reservation list.

Speaking to the media in Bengaluru after the High Court verdict on the issue, Jayachandra said the government was not in a position to announce a fresh reservation list because of time constraints.

Bengaluru in-charge Minister Ramalinga Reddy said the High Court had not pulled up the government, as it had not gone on an appeal against the Supreme Court verdict. It was, in fact, the SC/ST Development Corporation which had challenged the Supreme Court verdict in the High Court.

He said that ever since the Supreme Court verdict, the State government was prepared to hold the polls by August 5, and that it had not made any attempts to postpone the elections. The government is ready to hold the polls whenever the Election Commission announces the dates. “The government, the Election Commission, and the BBMP are all set to hold the polls,” he added.

Session

When asked about the clashing of the dates of the polls with the monsoon session of the legislature, Jayachandra said that a meeting of all the three political parties would be convened in two-three days to decide whether or not to reduce the duration of the session. The legislature session will start from June 29. He said the session cannot be postponed as several finance bills will have to be approved.When asked about MLA M T Krishnappa’s appeal to abolish the Legislative Council, Jayachandra said that as a legislator he was free to table such a bill.

HDK takes a dig

Meanwhile, JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy on Monday took a dig at the State government, for its “desperate attempts” to postpone the BBMP polls. Reacting to the High Court verdict, Kumaraswamy said that the government's bid to postpone the polls had earned it the wrath of the court. 

He said the State advocates had themselves submitted to the Supreme Court that the polls will be held within the next three months. Despite it, the government had conspired to defer the polls, and in the process had been humiliated. Also, no matter how many times Chief Minister Siddaramaiah were to go on City rounds, it wouldn't serve any purpose, as the people of City would humiliate him further, by giving him a fitting reply during the polls, he added.

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