Cabinet to decide on mode of Mayor polls

CM Gehlot had constituted a panel under UDH Minister to report, after a survey, if mayor or chairmen can be elected by direct or indirect system.

Jaipur: The final picture on whether the heads of 52 Urban Local Bodies including six municipal corporations will be elected directly or indirectly, will be clear on Monday.

The state Cabinet will hold a meeting under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot wherein a decision can be taken regarding the election process of the Mayor and the Chairmen of the ULBs.

The elections to these ULBs are scheduled in November.

CM Gehlot had constituted a Cabinet sub-committee headed by Urban Development and Housing Minister Shanti Dhariwal and had directed to report after conducting a survey of the election of the mayor or chairman by a direct system or indirect system. Dhariwal has prepared the report and will present it before the Cabinet on Monday. The Cabinet will decide whether the ruling Congress wants to elect the mayor and chairmen through public or councillors?

CM Gehlot had announced the direct elections of the heads of the ULBs in the Budget announcement this year. But as two opinions emerged within the Congress on this issue, ultimately, the CM entrusted the responsibility, of making a feedback report, to UDH Minister Shanti Dhariwal. The previous Ashok Gehlot government had implemented direct election of heads of ULBs, after which the Congress had for the first time won on Jaipur Mayor post. But this time the circumstances are different.

Three weeks ago, when the ward reservation lottery for the urban bodies election was taken out, the Congress government was in favour of direct election for the head of the bodies. Meanwhile, the Narendra Modi government at the Centre decided to abrogate Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir. After this, the atmosphere was again created in favour of BJP in the entire country. Because of this environment, Congress started worrying about upcoming ULB polls.

The Congress leaders felt that after the removal of Article 370, the wave of nationalism could have an impact on direct election of the head of the ULBs.

Whereas a faction of Congress leaders are in favour of electing the ULB heads directly and another faction is opposing this system.

After two opinions emerged within the Congress party, the power and organisation then asked UDH minister Shanti Dhariwal to review and make a report of both election system (direct and indirect) of the mayor or chairman of ULBs. The Dhariwal Committee will now submit a report to the Cabinet and it will be discussed and the final decision has to be taken by the Cabinet headed by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

Why the need?: After two opinions emerged within the Congress, the power and organisation then asked UDH minister Shanti Dhariwal to review and make a report of both election system (direct and indirect).