The Bharatiya Janata Party,which has been a vocal advocate for setting up a legislative assembly in the city,has drawn comparisons with the other states and union territories for the purpose. The party leaders state that in some states and union territories where the population was less than what Chandigarh has now,assemblies were made. The same should therefore be considered for Chandigarh. The party is likely to take up the issue with senior leaders at the centre.
The issue of a legislative assembly in the city was raised by the party during the visit of the Parliamentary Standing Committee recently. It was demanded that there should be a change in governance and an assembly should be created.
In Puducherry,party leaders point out,the population at present is more than 12 lakh as per this census. During the last census in 2001,the population was 8.5 lakh. Chandigarh has a population of 10 lakh. An assembly with 30 seats has been in place in Puducchery since 1964. The north-eastern states are a similar case. Mizoram has a population of 10.91 lakh,while Arunachal Pradesh has 13.82 lakh inhabitants.
BJP city unit president Sanjay Tandon said,There is a need to give representation to people in decision making. For this an assembly is required. The MC,that is the elected body of the city,does not have any powers. The demands of the city residents are not effectively being looked into. Assemblies were created in states and union territories that had lesser population than what Chandigarh has now.
One of the reasons being cited against having an assembly in the city is that it has special status,being the capital of both Punjab and Haryana. Therefore,it has been said,creating an assembly here would be difficult. The expenditure that would be incurred in case of having a chief minister and a cabinet was another issue of concern that has been raised by some associations.
Over the past few weeks demands have been raised by various associations for a change in the governance system. From having a Chief Commissioner to Mayor-in-Council,associations and political parties have raised a number of issues aiming towards giving more representation to the people in decision making.