BJP leaders submit memorandum to Governor

A delegation of BJP leaders Tuesday met Uttar Pradesh Governor B L Joshi and asked him not to give his assent to the controversial state Urban Local Self Government Bill.

Last Updated: Mar 08, 2011, 15:40 PM IST

Lucknow: A delegation of BJP leaders Tuesday
met Uttar Pradesh Governor B L Joshi and asked him not to give
his assent to the controversial state Urban Local Self
Government Bill.

"The Bill proposes indirect elections of mayors and
chairmen nagar palika parishad and this would lead to
horse-trading and corrupt practices," BJP leaders told
reporters.

The delegation led by party state president Surya
Pratap Shahi and local MP Lalji Tondon submitted a memorandum
to the Governor and asked him not to give his assent to the
Bill, which was passed on February 21 without discussion in
the Vidhan Sabha.

"We have asked the Governor to return the Bill,"
Tondon said.

Tondon alleged that in the panchyat elections held
last year BSP men used money and muscle power to won seats.

"The same would be done in local bodies election if
the Bill is passed," he said.

The bill, tabled on February 14, proposes indirect
elections for mayors and chairmen of urban local bodies,
including municipal corporations, nagar palika parishad and
panchayats by its members instead of direct elections.

PTI