BENGALURU: Even though the Congress has won the mayoral elections, the party may find its hands tied while trying to pass resolutions in the BBMP council.
While BJP has 101 councillors, including an independent candidate, the Congress-JD(S) alliance and seven independent candidates account for 97 councillors. Congress will find it hard to pass resolutions on a day-to-day basis as they cannot expect other elected representatives like MLAs, MLCs and MPs to be present in the council.
Speaking to Express, former advocate general Ashok Harnahalli said, “Congress will find it hard to pass resolutions. The verdict given by the legislators and Parliament members is not in the interest of the administration of the corporation.”
Speaking about the state government’s intervention in passing resolutions, he said, “Though the government has provisions to intervene in BBMP’s resolution, they cannot do it on a daily basis. I think this will adversely affect Congress in future due to lack of majority.”
‘This Sort of Voting Won’t Help’
Commenting on MLAs, MPs and MLCs casting votes in BBMP elections, he said, “The intention of bringing in local self-government is to give executive powers to the local bodies. But this sort of voting will neither help Congress nor the public. You cannot expect MLAs or MPs or an MLC to solve a road or garbage problem. It is the local corporator who can look after it. To have a properly working local body, you have to take only the local representatives into consideration.”