New Act violates spirit of Constitution: BJP

Governor urged to ‘send back’

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday sought the intervention of Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan for “sending back” the Telangana Municipalities Act, 2019 as several provisions are against the Constitution of India, for the “hasty manner” in which elections are to be conducted to urban local bodies and also for the “unscientific” method in constituting the municipalities and municipal corporations.

A delegation of TS party leaders led by former Union minister Bandaru Dattatraya, MLA T. Raja Singh, vice-president S. Malla Reddy, former minister D.K. Aruna and others met the Governor and said the new Municipal Act seeks to make the State Election Commission as a “puppet” by taking away the powers of conducting the elections to ULBs.

HMDA cadre

They wanted to know how those working in the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) having a separate cadre strength under the HMDA Act can be transferred to other municipalities. The powers being given to the collectors to remove the elected members, who are to be denied of any executive powers, is also “undemocratic”.

Mr. Dattatreya and his colleagues also questioned the manner and the basis on which the new municipal corporations and municipalities were formed.

‘No grounds given’

No reasons were specified for upgrading Badangpet, Bandlaguda Jagir, Boduppal, Peerzadiguda, Jawaharnagar, Nizampet into municipal corporations having between 22-33 wards except Meerpet with 46 wards.

Municipalities like Jagityal, Adilabad, Nirmal, Kamareddy, Suryapet, Nalgonda, Miryalguda, Siddipet, Mahabubnagar, having 43 to 49 wards were, however, not upgraded to municipal corporations. Manikonda and Narsingi remained as municipalities though they are almost part of GHMC while Bandlaguda, Meerpet, Boduppal, Peerzadiguda, Jawahar Nagar and Nizampet got municipal corporation status, they pointed out.

Civic infrastructure

The BJP said that most of these were gram panchayats converted into ULBs very recently and now to municipal corporations without any upgradation in civic amenities like roads, water, sewerage, etc. The memorandum also mentioned that the government sought 141 days for pre-election process and when the High Court gave 119 days, the government sought to complete the entire process in 15 days resulting in irregularities in delimitation of wards, voters lists, reservations for SC/ST/BC/women voters.

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