Opposition accuses Mayawati of bulldozing local bodies
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Last Updated: Wednesday, June 09, 2010, 21:16
Lucknow: Accusing Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati of attempting to bulldoze local bodies, the Opposition parties on Wednesday alleged that the state government was secretly effecting changes in their election process.

"The state government has issued a notification of a draft of UP Municipalities (Election of Members, Corporators, Chairmen and Mayors) Rules 2010, in which several undemocratic proposals have been made," Congress spokesman Akhilesh Pratap Singh said.

He said till now election of local bodies were held on party lines.

"In the draft rule it has been proposed that the elections to the post of members, corporators, chairman and mayor of the municipalities should not be contested on party lines," he said.

He alleged that the government was even ready with a proposal to abolish system of direct election of mayors and chairmen by the people.

The Congress spokesman alleged that as the BSP had no base in local bodies, it was affecting changes in there election process.

State BJP president Surya Pratap Shahi claimed that suggestions were not invited from the political parties in this regard.

"We have not received any notice so far and I guess similar is the status of the other parties," he said.

"I would like to ask that what was the need of carrying out the exercise secretly without consulting the political parties," he questioned.


First Published: Wednesday, June 09, 2010, 21:16

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