Decks cleared for lottery of ULB heads on Oct 19-20

Jaipur: After determining the election process of the heads of the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs), the reservation lottery of the ULB heads will be taken out on October 19 or 21. In the last week of October, the Code of Conduct for municipal elections will come into force, hence the lottery of heads of ULBs will be taken out before October 24.

According to sources, the Local Self Government (LSG) Department has prepared a proposal to organise a lottery for reservation of heads of 52 ULBs on October 19 or 21. The department has sent the file with both the proposed dates to UDH and LSG Minister Shanti Dhariwal. Now the UDH minister will decide the date for the lottery. The reservation lottery was stuck till now due to confusion regarding election process of heads of urban bodies.

The election process of the urban body heads has been decided on Monday in the state Cabinet meeting, hence, the reservation lottery for ULB heads will be taken out soon.

Significantly, 52 municipal bodies of the state including Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Kota, Udaipur and Bharatpur Municipal Corporations have election schedule in November. Elections will be held first in 6 out of 52 urban bodies. According to sources, the announcement for the 52 urban bodies elections is expected on October 25. The state election commission has completed election preparations and a schedule may be announced next week. With the announcement of the schedule, Model Election Code of Conduct will be implemented in these urban bodies.

End of confusion: The reservation lottery process for ULB was stuck till now due to confusion regarding election process of heads of urban bodies. According to sources, the LSG Department has prepared a proposal to organise a lottery for reservation of heads of 52 ULBs on October 19 or 21. Dept has sent the file with both the proposed dates to UDH and LSG Minister Shanti Dhariwal.