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Monday, 9 November 2020

126 urban local bodies likely to go to polls in January

Rajmeet Singh

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8

The elections to the 126 urban local bodies (ULBs) would probably be held by the middle of January next year.

A formal notification by the government would be issued after the ongoing delimitation exercise in all the ULBs is over. The government would then intimate the State Election Commission about its readiness to hold the elections.

Sources say the delimitation exercise in 50 per cent of the ULBs has been completed and is in progress in the rest. "After the delimitation process is over, the file will be put before the CM to decide the dates of the elections, which would be intimated to the Election Commission," said a senior government functionary.

Earlier, a Cabinet sub-committee of ministers comprising Brahm Mohindra, Manpreet Badal, Balbir Singh Sidhu, Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Vijay Inder Singla and Sunder Sham Arora, who held a meeting with the CM, had unanimously agreed to recommend holding the elections tentatively on October 11 to the State Election Commission. However, it could not be held due to Covid.

Sources said once the delimitation was complete and the government decided on holding the election, the commission would need two months to complete the process before the schedule was finalised. "It all depends on the political will of the government to hold the election as ongoing farmers' agitation has completely derailed the state's economy and the state machinery is busy dealing with the current crisis," said the functionary.



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