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Civic polls: To be or not to be

india Updated: Aug 19, 2006 01:13 IST

Daylong wait for notification proves futile

CONFUSION OVER urban local bodies’ polls seems to be never ending.

“Notification for urban local bodies’ poll will be issued,” said an officer. “There is no such indication from the State Government and we are not sure if the notification will be issued,” said another officer. Such contradictory statements of officers of the Urban Development Department contributed to the confusion, on Friday.

It was day of speculation at the Urban Development Department on Friday. Since morning till late evening several rounds of meetings were held to discuss the notification issue. But all the exercise proved futile and the notification did not come.

The State Election Commission (SEC) had urged the State Government to issue notification for the urban local bodies election on August 18. The SEC has also amended the dates of the poll suggested by the State Government.

In view of the Allahabad High Court direction that the polls should be held at the earliest, everyone thought that notification would be issued today.

In the evening, a meeting was held to discuss the poll. The Advocate General, principal secretary to the Chief Minister and principal secretary, urban Development Department, were present at the meeting. But after hours of discussions, the officers could not resolve the issue.

“We would issue notification only after the political bosses give the green signal to do so,” said an officer. The Urban Development Department had in an earlier communication informed the SEC that the notification would be issued on August 21.  

The only saving grace was that notification for the reservation of the posts of Mayors in various Municipal Corporation was issued.

The Mayors post in Lucknow, Kanpur Nagar, Allahabad, Aligarh and Moradabad has been kept general. In Bareilly and Ghaziabad, the post has been reserved for the general category women. Varanasi and Gorakhpur has been reserved for backward caste candidates, Meerut for backward caste women, Jhansi for schedule caste and Agra for schedule caste women.