Responding to a former Ponda councillor’s petition challenging the postponement of elections to the Ponda Municipal Council (PMC), the State government has filed an affidavit in the high court indicating its intention to conduct the elections on May 5.
The State government filed an affidavit after the three times PMC Councillor Mahadev Khanolkar filed a writ petition in the high court challenging the State government’s decision to postpone the election.
Khanolkar in his appeal to the high court had requested to direct the State government to conduct elections as fast as possible.
It may be recalled that PMC election were supposed to be held in February. However, it was postponed after the government decided to increase the wards from 13 to 14 and later declared May 5 as the election date.
“I approached the high court as I felt the government was not serious to conduct the elections. If the government was serious, then the process would have started much before,” said Khanolkar.
“PMC’s term ended in February and authorities were aware of it. The government waited for last minute with an aim to appoint administrator. We don’t want administrator, but elected people to manage the council,” added Khanolkar.
“In 1996, the election was held almost after six years when I approached the high court and this time too I had to seek intervention of the high court,” he said.
“This is not the first time the government plans to appoint administrator. PMC had administrator from October 1981 to June 1985, June 14, 1990 to September 4, 1996 and from September 6, 2006 to February 6, 2008. The government was forced to conduct election after I approached the high court in 1996,” he informed.
Khanolkar is also the member of Ponda Vikas Samiti which has declared to support the able candidates during the forthcoming PMC polls. [H]