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Civic polls may be delayed further in Roorkee, Bazpur & Herbertpur

Chandra Shekhar Bhatt

By Arun Pratap Singh

Dehradun, 2 May: While the state government and the State Election Commission are preparing to hold the Municipal elections in the state at the earliest in view of the assurance in this regard given by them to the Uttarakhand High Court, there is every likelihood of further delay in holding municipal polls in at least five Urban Local Bodies (ULBs), namely Roorkee Municipal Corporation, Bazpur Municipal Council, Herbertpur Muncipal Council, Narendra Nagar Municipal Council and Kirti Nagar Nagar Panchayat. This is due to the fact that the delimitation exercise in these Urban Local Bodies is yet to be completed.

It may be recalled that the Civic Elections in the state were due to be held this year but were delayed on account of the General Elections. In Uttarakhand, polling was held for Parliamentary elections during the first phase on 19 April.

According to State Election Commissioner Chandrashekhar Bhatt, municipal elections will most likely be held in 93 out of 102 ULBs in the state. While elections in 5 bodies including Bazpur, Herbertpur, Narendra Nagar and Kirti Nagar can’t be held without completion of delimitation exercise, the term of the Roorkee Municipal Corporation is yet to be completed and, hence, there will be no election there for now.  He also reminded that, in Nagar Panchayat Badrinath (District Chamoli), Nagar Panchayat Kedarnath (District Rudraprayag) and Nagar Panchayat Gangotri in Uttarkashi, no elections are held as these urban local bodies have, for long, been operated by the administrators.. All these bodies are snow clad and visited in summer months by lakhs of devotees making it almost impossible to hold elections during these months and are therefore managed by the administrators only.

It may be recalled that elections in Roorkee and Bazpur had been delayed last time due to delimitation related disputes. The delimitation exercise was challenged in the High Court thereby delaying the elections. In fact, the term of Roorkee Municipal Corporation is yet to be over. In the other four bodies, the elections can be announced once the delimitation exercise is completed.