- Governor did not approve ordinance related to the indirect polls for Mayor post
- All India Mayors Council had also opposed the bill, matter reaches central BJP
Bhopal: Governor Lalji Tandon approved one of the two ordinances sent to him regarding the Bills related to urban body elections. The ordinance related to the indirect election of the mayor is currently withheld.
In this regard, Urban Development Minister Jaivardhan Singh and Principal Secretary Sanjay Dubey met the Governor and tried to clarify the state government’s stance, while the All India Mayors Council opposed this ordinance.
Organization Secretary of All India Mayors Council and former minister Umashankar Gupta met the Governor on Friday in this matter and said that direct elections should be held, not indirect as last time.
The one ordinance that the governor has approved is related to the corporator candidate’s affidavit. If any candidate gives wrong information in the affidavit, then like the assembly elections, he (she) can be sentenced to 6 months and fined up to Rs 25,000.
After the approval from the cabinet, two ordinances were sent by the state government to the governor for approval.
BJP can move court: In BJP, this matter has reached the central organization. The central BJP has asked Madhya Pradesh what has been done so far from the party level when the Congress government of MP is taking such a decision. Organisation Secretary Umashankar Gupta of All India Mayors Council has also been called to Delhi on Saturday.
The party’s national working president JP Nadda has inquired about the entire situation from Gupta. In this case, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also called Gupta and inquired about the situation. At present, it has been said by the state BJP that they are strongly opposing it, but the state government has the right to decide how to conduct the elections. On this, the central organization said that the party should challenge the bill in the High Court.
Now the state government is expecting amendment: It is being told that the term of the body elections is till December. Earlier elections were to be held by December, but the state government has lagged behind in actions related to delimitation. Now, if the Governor delays the approval of the amendment bill, then further difficulties may increase. The entire programme of the state government will be upset because everything depends on this amendment bill.