BMC Election Delay: A four- to six-month delay in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections may affect the municipal administration as it will complete the period of almost a year till there is no elected representative. The tenure of the corporators ended on the night of March 7. Since then the then commissioner chief Iqbal Singh Chahal has been presiding the BMC as administrator. The BMC was to go to the polls sometime during September-October. now Eknath Shinde The U.S.-led government has reversed the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi regime’s decision on the creation of wards and restored the borders to 2017 status, pushing elections forward by three to four months.
These problems being caused by the absence of corporators
Milind Mhaske, CEO of Praja Foundation said that “In a democracy, elected representatives act as a bridge between the people and the administration. There are no people to raise the voice of the people due to not being elected councilors for so many months now. Most of the decisions are taken at the administrative level. But they are being taken up and they do not have a micro level understanding of many issues. Therefore, many local issues will remain unheard for a long time.” According to Hindustan Times, an official of the Foundation said that “Also, there would be lack of accountability due to absence of elected corporators. Earlier, Mumbaikars could file complaints and get their issues resolved with the help of corporators. There are no elected representatives and the former councilors do not have any power with them, so many people do not know how to solve their problems.”
Commissioner Chahal will see the projects
The State Election Commission will now have to repeat the exercise of drawing the boundaries of the ward along with drawing the lottery for reservation. This means that only Chahal will put forward major proposals and projects, which are otherwise approved in the Standing Committee and General Assembly meetings. Samajwadi Party leader and former councilor Rais Shaikh said that administrators do not look at the issues at the micro level and no bureaucrat can take the place of public representatives.