Shimla, July 6
There has been no local self-government in Shimla MC since June 18, 2022; however, Shimla MC Commissioner Ashish Kohli told us on Tuesday that under the MC act, there is no provision to appoint an Administrator in MC. He added that though in lack of any elected house now, the MC could not pass projects and proposals above rupees ten lakh.
He said that the matter was discussed with Chief Secretary regarding the rule governing civic body in the situation, wherein the house has been dissolved after completion of tenure. He added that there is no provision for an administrator in such a situation.
Moreover, Kohli added that in all eventuality, polls should be held soon, as even the SEC, along with the State government also aware of the recent Supreme Court Judgement in SS Mahajan v/s state of Madhya Pradesh & others on March 22, 2022.
Pertinent to mention that SEC notified the preparation of the electoral roll process in 36 wards of the city (Barring five wards, which are under consideration) on Tuesday evening.
In the order, the apex court held that elections of civic bodies could not be postponed after the tenure expires. The state election commission is bound to prepare for the elections before completion of terms, stated the court.
No litigation in High Court and subordinate courts would affect these three members’ order of the Supreme Court, added Kohli.
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