Breaking her silence over the amendment of municipal elections rules,Chief Minister Mayawati has said that her governments aim is to strengthen civic bodies which had failed to live up to peoples expectations because of party politics.
On June 19,the state cabinet had approved the controversial Uttar Pradesh Municipalities (Elections of Members,Corporators,Chairman and Mayors) Rules 2010,which debar political parties from civic polls.
In a statement on Sunday,Mayawati denied the Opposition charges that the government had debarred political parties to help the ruling party gain control of these institutions by underhand means.
According to the CM,her party and her government has a clear opinion that there must not be any politics in developmental issues. Past experience shows these local bodies fail to deliver results due to party politics, the release said. The local bodies that accommodate elected representatives on party-lines also find it difficult to conduct day-to-day business.
Claiming that the governments decision is in the interest of democracy,she said elections to the panchayat,which is in charge of providing development at the village level,are not contested on party symbols. So while local urban bodies fail to deliver results due to party-politics,panchayats never find difficulty in implementing development schemes. This arrangement aims to ensure development in accordance with the peoples interest, the release said. These bodies are supposed to ensure effective implementation of all schemes in a transparent manner.
Appealing to the Opposition to cooperate,she said: Neither there is any political interest of the BSP in this decision nor the party aims to take political mileage out of it. The BSP is only party that wins elections on basis of peoples confidence in its programmes and policies.