BBMP elections likely by July end

State govt would notify delimitation of 198 wards within a couple of days
Last Updated : 13 June 2009, 18:16 IST

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Chief Minister Yeddyurappa, on Saturday, said the delimitation of 198 wards had been completed and allocation of reservation was on.

He hinted that the government would notify the delimitation of wards within a couple of days. He would hold a meeting of officers on Sunday on preparations for the elections.

The delimitation of wards adds 98 more corporators to the Palike, which had 100 members. After the notification is issued the public would be given 7-day’s time to file objections, if any.

Final notification will be issued after verifying the objections. It will be followed by finalising reservation of wards. The State Election Commission will have to prepare the voters’ list. In all probability the Commission would notify the elections for the third week of July, as the process should be completed before July 31.

Earnest preparations

The chief minister also held a meeting of the BJP MLAs and MPs representing the City in view of the elections.

He asked the party leaders to get ready for the elections and start identifying candidates for wards in their respective constituencies. He told the leaders that the morale of the party in the City has boosted after winning three seats in the Lok Sabha elections and the party should make use of the victory for the the Palike elections.

A few MLAs reportedly raised the issue of BBMP commissioner’s transfer on the occasion and demanded that the CM should not effect change in the position as it may have adverse effect on the party in the elections.

However, the Yeddyurappa convinced them that Commissioner Subramanya himself had sought the transfer and asked the MLAs to put an end to the issue. Bangalore South MP Ananth Kumar, ministers R Ashok, Katta Subramanya Naidu, Ramachandra Gowda attended the meeting.

Rural Development and Panchayat Raj minister Shobha Karandlaje, who represents Yeshwanthpur was absent.

Published 13 June 2009, 18:16 IST

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