Elections to the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in Odisha have been pending since 2018.
Bhubaneswar, August 3:
A delegation of Odisha BJP leaders, led by Kanak Vardhan Singh Deo, met Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal at the Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday and apprised him the inordinate delay in conduct of the urban local body polls in the State.
Sources said, the saffron leaders sought the personal intervention of the Governor in the matter and urged him to direct the State Government to conduct the civic body polls ahead of Panchayat polls due next year.
The BJP leaders also requested the Governor to summon the State Election Commissioner (SEC) and seek clarification as to why he has subverted the constitutional mandate in not holding the urban body polls for three years, sources added.
Elections to the civic bodies in the State have been pending since 2018.
“The urban local bodies have been under bureaucratic administration since the last three years. Many government schemes do not reach the general public due to the absence of public representative in urban local bodies,” said a BJP leader.
Earlier on July 25, the main Opposition BJP had threatened to move the Orissa High Court if the SEC does not take steps to conduct the election to ULBs.
The other members of the delegation were Rengali MLA and State BJP vice-president Nauri Naik, State BJP general secretary Golak Mohapatra, State BJP spokespersons Pitambar Acharya and Lekhasree Samantsinghar, BJP State executive member Jagannath Pradhan and Urmila Mohapatra.