Ghat of multi-member ward structure again

|| Sanjay Bapat

Movements of the government to postpone the municipal elections
MUMBAI: The ruling Mahavikas Aghadi government has come up with a new plan after realizing that the Election Commission would not appreciate the role of all political parties in postponing the polls till the re-imposition of OBC political reservation. Authorities are trying to delay the polls by re-introducing multi-member ward system in the state. The math behind this is that if there is a change in the ward structure, the elections will be postponed automatically.

After the change of power in the state, the Mahavikas Aghadi government decided to abolish the multi-member ward system and introduce one-member ward system in the Municipal Corporations and Municipalities. He also changed the law accordingly. With the municipal elections approaching, the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčintroducing multi-member ward system has started again. A proposal in this regard is expected to be tabled at the next Cabinet meeting.

Decisions for political convenience?

The cancellation of OBC’s political reservation led to a panchayat of the ruling party. The BJP blasted the Mahavikas front for canceling the reservation. To find a way out of this, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray took the opposition into confidence and held two meetings in a row. The State Backward Classes Commission has started the process of proving the backwardness of OBCs. The political reservation of the OBC community will not apply until backwardness is proven. Elections for Kalyan-Dombivali, Navi Mumbai, Kolhapur, Vasai-Virar and Aurangabad Municipal Corporations will be announced soon

Can be. If elections are declared without OBC reservation in five Municipal Corporations, there may be a strong reaction. The displeasure of the OBC community is unaffordable to the authorities. The Supreme Court order also blocked the way for postponing the polls, citing Coronation. At such a time, the authorities plan to change the structure of the wards and face elections. Leaders of Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP are not convinced that the one-member ward system will bring success everywhere.

Differences over the number of wards

There is a difference of opinion in the Mahavikas Aghadi as to how many members the ward should have in the Municipal Corporation and the Urban Development Department has prepared a proposal for a ward of four members. The NCP insists on a two-member ward and the Shiv Sena wants a four-member ward. Congress wants a one-member ward. The three-member ward will be sealed, the sources said. The proposal is likely to be discussed at the next cabinet meeting.

What will happen

The State Election Commission has instructed the Municipal Corporations to form wards in 18 Municipal Corporations including Mumbai as per the one-member ward structure.

The wards were formed accordingly. If the multi-member ward method is applied again, all the references will change. The legislature will have to change the law.

‘New wards will have to be formed and reservations will have to be drawn. All this process will take six to eight months. Elections may be postponed till next April-May.

Until then, the work of proving the backwardness of OBCs can come to a final stage.

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