BBMP standing committees heads poll postponed to Nov 10

BBMP standing committees heads poll postponed to Nov 10

The election to the standing committees of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has been postponed to November 10 because no nominations had been filed by any party member. The featured race in the current poll is for the Tax and Finance Standing Committee head.

The elections were scheduled for Friday morning. Regional Commissioner M Jayanthi along with Assistant Election Officer V Shankar and Special Commissioner Vijay Shankar were present for the polls.

As no senior leader either from the ruling Congress party; or JD(S) had filed their nominations, the Regional Commissioner held a meeting with BBMP officers and arrived at a decision to put off the poll date until November 10, 2017.

A while ago, senior Congress leaders had held a meeting at the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) office on Thursday afternoon and decided to seek a postponement of the election dates. When putting forth, the regional commissioner had refused to this request. The candidates were asked to file in their nominations between 8.00 am and 9.30 am by October 27, Friday morning.

However, none turned up for the nomination process. This initiated the regional commissioner to meet with the senior officers and decide to postpone the 12 standing committee chairman posts elections to November 10. This time, the candidates are asked to file in their nominations on November 9 itself between 10 am to 5.30 pm.

While KPCC working president Dinesh Gundu Rao had said that the members of JD(S) had asked for some more time for the election process, Ramila Umashanker, Kaveripura councillor stated the opposite saying: "All our candidates are ready to face the elections."

Umashanker said, "We are asking for the position of chairman of tax and finance committee. But they (Congress) are not giving it up."

Ahead of the assembly elections coming up next year, it is quite evident that both parties want a position that is key to a victory.

Waste of money

Meanwhile, as Friday's poll got cancelled and postponed to another date, about Rs. Six lakh spent on the arrangements for it went waste.

A senior BBMP officer said, "We were expecting hundreds of Revenue officials and others ordered food for them. Only 60 officers turned up. Lots of food went waste," he added.

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