Lucknow: Defending the government`s decision
to hold civic body elections in the state on non-party basis,
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati Sunday said it was in the
interest of common man as the move was aimed at strengthening
the Panchayati Raj system.
"The local bodies are entrusted with the task of
development and elections on party symbols affect their basic
job. Many a time it is seen that due to political affiliations
development work (by local bodies) takes a back seat,"
Mayawati said in a statement here.
The decision was only aimed at strengthening the
Panchyati Raj system, she said adding that there was no
politics involved in it.
She said that opposition parties were unnecessarily
making a hue and cry over the issue to gain political mileage.