Ahmedabad/Gandhinagar: As part of its strategy to turn the tide in their favour, the ruling party BJP had introduced a resolution to expand city limits.
However, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the resolution seems to have been put on the backburner by the government for now.
Local bodies in Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot and Vadodara had already passed a resolution to incorporate nearby villages or municipalities in their city limits. The delimitation was to be published in the state gazette post the budget session.
However, the budget session has been adjourned sine die amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. Earlier, the urban development department had written to the concerned local bodies asking them to merge village panchayats under their jurisdiction by May or June.
The entire process was aimed at registering a big win in the upcoming elections. But with most civic bodies focused on eliminating COVID-19, elections are the last thing on their agendas.
Dinesh Sharma, leader of opposition at Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) said, “Despite the opposition of local villagers, the BJP-run government wanted to merge villages within city limits.
The BJP now fears losing the election after the coronavirus crisis and is trying to delay things.
And that is why no announcement or even mention has been made of the impending elections.” All municipal corporations in the state other than Junagadh, have elections scheduled for November.