Jaipur, Kota, Jodhpur to get two municipal corporations

The elections to most of the local bodies are due in November but will be held after six months in Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Kota.

Jaipur, Kota, and Jodhpur in Rajasthan will now have two additional municipal corporations. The decision to create two corporations headed by two different mayors followed another decision to not have direct elections for mayors. Shanti Dhariwal, Minister for Urban Development and Housing announced it on Friday.

The Congress government is desperate to win local bodies following the delimitation of wards. It announced in December to return to direct elections of mayor but a defeat in the general elections in May made the government discard the idea.

But a clause that even a non-councilor could contest as mayor has made two ministers, Pratap Singh Khachriawas and Ramesh Meena protest and term it as demoralising for councilors who wish to become mayor.

Earlier in 2009, the Congress government had brought indirect elections for the mayor to ensure that its candidates won but it led to a Congress mayor with no majority running the corporation dominated by the BJP. As a result, corporations in big cities have hardly done any fruitful work for many years.

The elections to most of the local bodies are due in November but will be held after six months in Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Kota.

Source: India Today

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