news Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 05:30
The State government took over the the local civil body BBMP by dissolving its elected body on account of financial irregularities. In a stroke, the government also appointed senior IAS officer T M Vijay Bhaskar as the administrator, a Deccan Herald report said.   The move comes at a time when the ruling government is attempting to thwart the BBMP election which according to a High court order must be held before May 30.   With this, the term of the Mayor and 198 councillors comes to an end and all the standing committees of the body stands dissolved.   According section 99 of the Karnataka Municipal Act, the body need not hold elections immediately if it has been dissolved before six months of its tenure coming to an end.   BBMP Commissioner M Lakshminarayana has been replaced by IAS officer G Kumar Naik with the former being transferred without any posting, said the report.   Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy said that clarified that this move does not violate any Constitutional laws. “Section 99 of the KMC Act empowers the State government to dissolve the BBMP. Hence the question of violating the Constitution does not arise.” he was quoted by the paper.   At the time of dissolution, the the BJP with 112 members dominated the body and the party had also won all the 3 seats in the Lok Sabha election.   The government has called for a special session on Monday to pass the bill which calls for a trifurcation of the body. Incidentally, the hearing for the appeal filed by the government urging the High Court to stay the polls is also scheduled for the same day.  
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