Citizen elections: Bangalore is going to face citizen elections in two months

The State Election Commission (SEC) will begin the process of holding elections in the BBMP, a Bangalore-based civic body, as soon as the government completes the ward restriction exercise and notifies the reservation of OBCs in the wards.

The government will complete these processes within eight weeks, as promised in the Supreme Court on Friday. A bench of the apex court comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and JB Pardiwala directed the State Election Commission (SEC) to start preparations for the BBMP elections within a week after the notification regarding ward restrictions and ward-based OBC conservation. Issued

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bomai told media in Bangalore that the BJP was ready to contest the BBMP elections, and had no plans to appeal against the government’s Supreme Court order.

The demarcation commission has almost completed the demarcation exercise (redevelopment of 243 new wards) and the Justice Bhaktabhatsalam commission set up to determine ward-based OBC conservation will submit its report within eight weeks, the chief minister added.

Following the submission of the court order by the Karnataka government that a new BBMP Act 2020 has come into force from January 2021 and it can only be elected under the new Act. The government further submitted that it would issue relevant notices regarding ward limitations and OBC conservation within eight weeks.

The court accepted the government’s submission and asked the state election commission to start preparations for the election within a week from the date of notification of ward restrictions and determination of OBC reservation which comes later.

The apex court has fixed July 22 for the next hearing of the case.

The five-year term of the BBMP elected council ended in September 2020, after which the government appointed an administrator.

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