Karnataka defers local body polls by six months amid leadership row

Bengaluru: In the midst of the leadership row that erupted within the ruling BJP in the state, Karnataka has deferred elections to all local bodies in the state by six months citing the pandemic as a reason for the postponement.

IN this connection, a circular from the Urban Development department was released on Thursday night to all deputy commissioners, regional commissioners, zonal commissioners etc. across the state, wherein it is maintained that the department was only implementing the state Cabinet decision that was taken on April 26.

"The state cabinet had taken the decision on April 26 citing the increasing Covid cases and public health safety as its major concern. As per this (Cabinet decision) the urban development department has decided to postpone City Municipal Corporations, Town panchayats and City Corporations, across the state. The decision also applies to the elections to the post of chairman and deputy chairman post as well," the circular explained.

There are eight city corporations, 43 city municipal corporations (CMCs), 94 town municipal corporations (TMCs), 68 town panchayats (TPs) and four notified area committees (NAC) functions across Karnataka. Among these, City Corporations are governed by Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act of 1976 and other ULBs governed by Karnataka Municipal Act.

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