Vijayapura: The new delimitation and reservation announced to all the 35 wards of the Vijayapura City Corporation has shattered the hopes of at least 15 former corporators who were aspiring to contest again in the upcoming City Corporation election.
It has been over three years since the City Corporation has no elected member as the polls could not be held due to various reasons including the legal hurdles. Finally, the State Government announced the much-awaited delimitation and reservation to all the 35 wards of the City Corporation. This has not been welcomed by nearly half of the former corporators.
According to sources in the District Administration, it has received at least 102 objections to the new reservation and delimitation.
Premanand Biradar, Former Corporator, represented Ward No. 22, pointed out that, “I have submitted an objection letter to the Deputy Commissioner expressing my unhappiness towards the unscientific conduct of delimitation and reservation of wards. In many wards the major category people have been ignored and announced reservation to that category which does not have enough population.”
“For example, In a ward there are over 7,000 votes of general category but the ward has been reserved for Schedule Caste where there are merely 800 votes of the same community. The Ward No. 22 has been reserved for 2A category but there are hardly any voters of the community. Apart from this, while delimiting wards, few areas of Ward No. 22 has been included to other wards and areas that did not belong have been added. I believe that the State Government will give justice to the victims,” elaborated Former Corporator Biradar, who contested previous polls from JD (S).
Another Former Corporator, Umesh Vandal, who represented Ward No. 3, said that, “The delimitation and reservation has been carried out as per the wishes of local MLAs. My ward has been declared for Schedule Tribe (Women), where earlier it was general. However, I will abide by the decision of the party High Command.”
Apart from this at least eight former corporators, who were gearing up to contest in the upcoming polls, associated with ruling BJP have expressed unhappiness before the High Command and demanded to revise the newly announced delimitation and reservation of wards.
Rahul Jhadav, Former Corporator, represented Ward No. 7, pointed out, “The District Administration and authorities concerned have clearly violated the guidelines of High Court order while carrying out delimitation and reservation of wards. The ward I represented was the general category, which has a lion’s share in votes, now it has been declared for 2A category, which hardly has any voters.”
“A section of unhappy Former Corporators have met the party High Command including caybinet Ministers. They have been assured of fixing the glitches. I am confident that the authorities will revise the newly announced delimitation and reservation of wards and provide justice to me,” added Jhadav, who is associated with BJP.
As per the newly notified delimitation and reservation of 35 wards of City Corporation, nine wards each have been reserved for general category and general category (women), five wards for other backward classes (A), four wards for OBC (A) women, one each ward for OBC (B) and OBC (B) women, three wards for SC, 2 wards for SC women, one ward for ST.