Shimla, June 26
Who will run the Shimla Municipal Corporation until the elections are held?
The government, too, doesn’t appear to have the answer. “The opinion of the Law Department has been sought on the matter,” said a senior government official.
Government can appoint administrator if the House is dissolved in middle of term. There’s no provision for an administrator if elections aren’t held. A govt official
BJP fears defeat
Fearing defeat in the MC elections and its impact on the Assembly poll, the government is delaying the elections. Sanjay Chauhan, Ex- Mayor
A straight-forward answer to the question could have been a government-appointed administrator, but the official says there’s no provision for the appointment of an administrator in the MC Act, if the House completes its term.
“As per the Act, the government can appoint an administrator if the House is dissolved in the middle of its term. There’s no provision for an administrator if the elections for the new House have not been held,” he said.
According to the official, the government might ask the MC Commissioner to run the civic body. “The Commissioner anyway holds power to run the MC, so it’s possible that he’s asked to run the corporation,” the official said.
Meanwhile, the Opposition is continuously attacking and accusing the government of failing to hold elections on time and delaying the appointment of an administrator.
Former Mayor Sanjay Chauhan maintains that there is no alternative left other than appointing an administrator to run the MC. “Being an executive officer of the Municipal Corporation, the Commissioner can’t be appointed as an administrator. The government has to appoint an administrator,” he said.
Chauhan hit out at the government for “deliberately” delaying the elections. “Fearing defeat in the MC elections and its impact on the Assembly poll, the government is delaying the elections,” alleged Chauhan. “
With the House dissolved, the government can now take all decisions arbitrarily. It’s a serous assault on the Constitution,” he said. The Congress, too, is demanding why the government is delaying the appointment of an administrator? “The term of the House has expired, so why is the appointment being delayed?” asked district Congress Committee president Jitender Chaudhary.
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