On January 14, the Bombay High Court will hear a petition against the expansion of BMC wards

by Web Desk | Published: 12 Jan 2022

The Bombay High Court adjourned the hearing of a complaint brought by Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Abhijit Samant and Rajeshree Shirwadkar challenging the state cabinet's ratification of an ordinance to increase the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) ward strength. The petition will be heard again on January 14 by a division bench consisting of Justices Amjad Sayed and Abhay Ahuja.

 

The petition demands the ordinance to be overturned, calling it "illegal and arbitrary," and saying that it was passed in advance of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections next year to benefit a particular political party. In light of the city's population expansion over time, the government claims to have suggested increasing the overall number of municipal councillors in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

 

The petition demands the ordinance to be overturned, calling it "illegal and arbitrary," and saying that it was passed in advance of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections next year to benefit a particular political party. In light of the city's population expansion over time, the government claims to have suggested increasing the overall number of municipal councillors in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

 

With the dates approaching for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections which are scheduled for February 2022, the level of allegations, slams, attacks has gone up, from the next opposition that is Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as well as Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition government consisting of Shiv Sena, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) which is currently ruling in the state. As of now, this too has not to be cleared out by the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition government in the state that is the coalition going to stay while in the elections? While rumours are always around the corner of a possible breakdown of the coalition.


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