Bill introduced to end direct election of mayors in TN
The state government on Wednesday introduced a bill in the assembly to put an end to the practice of holding direct election of mayors in municipal corporations. Instead, councillors will elect mayors henceforth. Including Chennai, there are 12 municipal corporations in the state.
Citing the reason for moving such a bill, municipal administration and rural development minister S P Velumani said, “It has been brought to the notice of the government that the councils of certain municipal corporations are not functioning properly since the mayor does not enjoy the support of the councillors.“ Noting that the performance of the council and the corporation would improve if the mayor enjoyed the support of councillors, the minister said the government decided to amend municipal corporation laws to facilitate indirect election of mayors. The council, at its first meeting after the years.
election, will elect one of the councillors as mayor. Heshe will hold the post for five The DMK opposed the bill at the introductory stage itself. Incidentally, Saidapet MLA and former mayor M Subramanian of the DMK, who got elected indirectly in 2006, was the first to register his party’s opposition. “We oppose the bill at this stage itself,“ said Subramanian, without getting into its merits.
In the 1996 and 2001 local body polls, mayors were directly elected. The DMK government changed it to indirect election in 2006, but on its return to power in 2011, the AIADMK once again made it direct election.
On Wednesday, in separate bills, the government also made its intention clear to hold local body elections based on the existing territorial jurisdiction of wards in rural and urban areas.The minister said there wasn’t time to complete the delimitation exercise before the July 25 deadline and the wards could not be redrawn before the local body polls scheduled for October 24.
As the government has already amended the legislation to increase reservation for women in local body polls from 33% to 50% and the governor has given his assent to the amendment, the respective district administrations are in the process of identifying the reserved constituencies.
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