Chief Minister Mayawati on Tuesday strongly defended the State Government’s decision to hold indirect elections to the posts of Mayors and the Nagar Panchayat presidents and said the opposition’s protests against the bill passed in the assembly in this regard were unfortunate and baseless.
All the opposition’s allegations on the issue were baseless, said additional cabinet secretary Raveendra Singh while reading out an official statement on behalf of Chief Minister.
The State Government had felt the need to revert to pre-1994 process of electing Mayors and Nagar Panchayat presidents to through the changed process to effectively implement the welfare schemes, he said.
Referring to the prevailing system of holding direct elections to the top posts of urban local bodies Singh said the State Government’s schemes were not being properly implemented in view of lack of coordination among the Mayors and the corporators etc.. This was having an adverse impact on the functioning of urban local bodies, he said, adding, there was hardly any transparency in the urban local bodies under the prevailing system.
Singh said the panchayats in rural areas and the district panchayats were already having the system of indirect elections. As this system had passed all the tests in these panchayats the State Government had decided to implement the new system in the urban local bodies.
Singh while quoting the chief minister said every government had the right to change the laws. Why there was no opposition to this system in 40 years when it was in force, he asked. About protests outside the Vidhan Bhawan on Monday evening, he said these protests were organised by some rowdy elements. He said no student from the minority community had taken the part in these protests. Efforts were being made to give such an impression in the backdrop of the passage of a bill about the institutions of minorities.