Kolkata: The State Government finally announces the dates for the Municipal elections scheduled this year. The State Government has given a letter to the Election Commission seeking votes on 18 April this year. Votes for 92 other Municipal Corporations will be held on 25 April. The results will be declared on 28 April, although the state Government has decided not to hold the elections for BidhanNagar, Rajarhat-Gopalpur municipalities for the time being.
The government has also decided not to hold the elections for the municipalities in Asansol and other adjoining areas. The dates selected by the State Government for conducting the Municipal and panchaayat elections are usually accepted by the commission unless there are some big events on that day. So there are chances that the EC will accept the dates given by the government.
The term of many municipalities have expired in last June-July-August. They are, Mal, Kaliagunj, Islampur, Gangarampur, Madhayamgram, South Dumdum, Dumdum, Rajpur-Sonarpur, Maheshtala, Uluberia, Dankuni, Egra, Saithia and Haringhata. Due to the resignation of Siliguri Municipal corporation Chairman, the Government had posted an Administrator there. The term of the Administrator is also drawing to a close.
On the other, the Government has decided to merge the BidhanNagar and Rajarhat municipalities. So the elections in these two municipalities have been kept on hold, although the opposition has claimed that Trinamool leaders don’t want to conduct votes in these areas since BJP has increased its power in the area.
Former election Commissioner Mira Pandey had approached the High court to conduct the elections for the municipalities where term has expired. The State Government had told the court that it will be better to conduct the elections in January since the terms of a few more municipalities would be expiring during that period and the elections expenses will also be less.
The state Government had told before court that elections will be held before 31 Jan but had again told the Court that the votes could not be conducted in January due to several problems. The state has said that the Madhyamik and the HS exams will be over by March, so there won’t be any problem in holding the elections in April.