Cancellation of notifications by the high court for delimitation of Bhopal, Chhindwara, Jabalpur and now Indore ahead of civic bodies elections has raised a serious question over whole process of local body elections being conducted in Madhya Pradesh.
The bigger question being asked is — are babus working under political influence or they lacked legal knowledge in carrying on the delimitation process? Experts view that the way one notification after another was cancelled by the court should raise an alarm in the bureaucratic circles as well as the state government. Goof-up on the district administration's part in a few districts may be understood, but such goof-ups in as many as four major cities is baffling.
"The administration should have been more careful and should have made sure to leave no legal flaws to invite court's intervention in the process," said retired chief secretary KS Sharma. He also agrees that the process of integration of villages into municipal corporations should have been done well in time to avoid present mess.
Another retired bureaucrat, Devisaran questions the haste shown by the administrative officials in conducting the entire delimitation process. "The bureaucrats are bending too much and working in haste to complete their political agenda," said Devisaran talking to HT.
"What is the law department doing. They are getting fat pay packets and still not providing guidance to the government on such obvious issues," said a senior official of secretariat wishing anonymity.
Even a layman occupying a responsible post understands that their decision may suffer setback from the court if they bypass any law or stated procedure. This is demeaning for the official and the government, added the senior bureaucrat.
State government is also on backfoot over reservation of seats for OBC (Other Backward Castes) quota. Political parties have asked the district administration of Bhopal about the basis of OBC seat reservation as the district administration does not have any information about OBCs residing in the city.