In what could be a disappointment for the BJP, the wards are unlikely to be increased for the upcoming Municipal Corporation (MC) elections.
“It is too late now and the wards can’t be increased at this point of time. There will be 26 wards only and we have started the election process. You need a lot of time to increase the wards as it is a long procedure,” State Election Commissioner Rakesh Mehta told Chandigarh Newsline.
The elections will be held in 26 constituencies only on the basis of 2011 census, it is being said.
The MC elections are scheduled to be held in December this year and the code of conduct would be in force in November.
BJP is pressing hard so that the wards are increased. If the present number of wards remains, five general wards from where senior BJP leaders including Mayor Arun Sood would contest are likely to be reserved for SC candidates in the elections. However, if the wards are increased, these wards would remain general.
Last time, the delimitation of wards took place in 2006 on the basis of 2001 census.
Though a meeting would be held with the officials of UT Administration, however, it is being believed that the wards would not be increased. Initially, there were talks of increasing the wards from 26 to 31.
Sources said that BJP was even talking with its high command in Delhi recommending the ward delimitation since the same was carried out 10 years back. Stakes are high for BJP in Chandigarh MC elections this time as it is said that the impact of these elections will have a bearing on the Punjab Assembly elections next year.
It’s only after the wards are finalized that the political parties will start finalizing its candidates who will contest the polls and against whom. Congress has already been working on its members who are likely to be fielded for the elections this time.