With elections to 281 local bodies expected to begin next month, draw of lots for reservation in posts of mayors and presidents for 280 local bodies, including 16 municipal corporations and 98 municipal councils in Madhya Pradesh, was held at Ravindra Bhawan here on Tuesday.
After the lottery, the post of mayor for 11 municipal corporations was reserved, while Bhopal, Gwalior, Khandwa, Dewas and Katni stayed intact for open competition.
Jabalpur, Satna, Rewa and Ratlam seats are reserved for women candidates; Burhanpur and Sagar are reserved for OBC candidates; and Indore and Chhindwara are reserved for OBC women. The seat in Morena went to SC candidates, Ujjain to SC women and Singrauli to ST women.
50% of the total 264 nagar parishad seats have been reserved for women. Thus, 132 heads of parishads would be represented by women in Madhya Pradesh. Forty-two seats have been reserved for SC candidates and 21 for ST candidates, while 66 posts of heads of parishad have been kept reserved for OBCs.
Draw of lots were held under supervision of commissioner, Urban Administration Department, Sanjay Shukla. Model code of conduct would be enforced in the state once election dates are announced.