Ward reservations like to be changed to 10 years from current 5 years duration

by Web Desk | Published: 30 Jan 2021

BMC Election 2022
Shiv Sena is all set to bring upon new policies and services for the 2022 BMC elections. This policy states to change the term of reservation in the electoral wards from 5 years to 10 years. However the matter is likely to be discussed in the general civic body meeting which will take place on February 9th, 2021.
Senior Shiv Sena corporator from Byculla and Standing committee chairman Yashwant Jadhav passed a statement which demanded the reservation period for electoral wards from five years to ten years.
The chairman wants to implement this policy in the 2022 BMC election and has submitted the same to the General body. He expects that it should get amended in the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act 1888. As per the rule , prior to every election a lottery is conducted to decide which BMC 's 227 wards will open up for the candidates who  belong to the open category and those from the reserved.  During the 2017 elections of the 227 wards 149 were for the open, which included 74 for women and 75 for men. 
According to the section 5A of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, 1888, which says that based on the total number of electoral seats reservation of the casts to be done. However, Jadhav questions on the same and has demanded for changes which will help in the development of work which lacks in the uncertainty of electoral wards.
“The uncertainty of the lottery means that a corporator, who has won from a particular ward, has no guarantee on whether he would be eligible to re-contest elections from the same ward in the next election. Anticipating the change in reservation will make sure that the corporator start working in nearby electoral wards also and in such case, there is a possibility that development works in their elected wards get affected," added Jadhav.
Congress party demanded fresh fixation of the 227 electoral wards in December 2020. As earlier in 2017 ahead of civic polls, new limits were set for wards in favor of BJP. Opposition leader asked for fresh delimitation electoral wards to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
For now the reservation is as follows 15 seats for Scheduled caste, two for Scheduled Tribes, 61 for Other Backward Class (OBC) and 74 for the general category women. "Every year just before polls, the state election commission holds a lottery for change in reservation," said a BMC official. Corporators have stated that because of these reservations they are told to contest from other wards and it also results in their loss.