The state election commission’s inability to restructure constituencies of the local self-government such as Mumbai, Thane and Nagpur, will be challenged in the high court.
Some legislators, who have demanded restructuring because of a massive growth in population, will take a legal course.
State election commissioner Neela Satyanarayan had told the Hindustan Times on Friday that the local self-governments would not get their constituencies restructured (delimited) for the forthcoming elections, including the Mumbai and Thane civic polls, because the census authorities would provide the latest data.
Satyanarayan said the census department has conveyed to her that it would not furnish the latest data of the cities and tehsils based on which the restructuring could be done, even after six months from now. So, the next polls will be held as per the 2001 census data.
BJP legislator from Nagpur Devendra Fadnavis told HT from Nagpur that he would file a petition seeking restructuring of constituencies.
Polls to 27 zilla parishads and 10 civic bodies, including Mumbai and Thane, will be held soon. “The election commission will have access to the provisional census data based on which it can reform the wards. Every civic body or district has this provisional data and it can be accessed easily.”
But Satyanaranayn said the census department would not be able to provide the provisional data as well.
The 2009 general and assembly elections were held after restructuring (delimiting) the constituencies. Though the number of legislators remained the same, more constituencies were created in populated urban areas. And, if same exercise is done in Mumbai, the number of constituencies is likely to increase in the suburbs because of high population and decrease in the island city because of less number of voters.
The state has recorded 32% population growth in the 19 civic bodies, though Mumbai showed a negative trend. Congress legislator from Bandra Baba Siddique said the city was already short of at least 100 civic representatives — the existing strength is 227. “Smaller wards is the need of the hour to ensure proper representation. I demand to restrict number of voters at respective polling booth because it will ensure more voting percentage.”