City Corporation polls to delay further after SC granting stay

BIJAPUR: After a few Former Corporators filing petition in Supreme Court and getting stay, the council elections for the Bijapur City Corporation is unlikely to be held anytime soon.

A couple of former corporators making allegations on the officials of the city corporation that the delimitation of all the 35 wards have been done unscientifically and illegally have approached the apex court and brought stay to the judgment of high court recently. 

The high court bench headed by justice A S Oka had ordered the state government and state election commission to conduct the council polls as early as possible in December 2020. It also gave certain directions, including issuing notification of the delimitation of wards and declaring the voters list, to the state government that need to be followed before the announcement of the city corporation elections. 

Following the directions of the high court, the city corporation had issued notification of delimitation of wards and called for objections in January. Now, a couple of corporators questioning the norms used during delimitations wards have knocked the doors supreme court.

The former corporators Moinuddin Bilagi, Anand Dhumale and I Bakshi and public Abdul R Horatti have filed a case at the apex court.

Moinuddin Bilagi, former corporator, pointed that, “The city corporation has not followed any laws during the delimitation of wards. According to norms, the authorities have to constitute a commission headed by a top-level officer while taking up the delimitation works. Importantly they have to conduct the delimitation works before the end of the tenure of the elected body. We have brought the stay order within our rights. We demand for the proper delimitation because it has been done based on their needs and political interests,” accused Bilagi.

The commissioner of the city corporation has denied the allegations of the corporators. Harsha Shetty said that, “We have followed all the rules mentioned in the book and carried out delimitation works. We had issued notification on the orders of the high court. It is just an interim stay from the apex court. We will make further decisions once the apex court gives its verdict because we are not authorized to do anything until the court gives its judgement,” stated Shetty. 

The term of the 35 corporators is completed in June 2019. Thereafter the state election commission has not announced council elections. It is for the second time the corporators have approached the court on the delimitation of wards and caste-based reservation of wards. 

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