TS’s decision to grant MPs the power to vote for the election of mayor and deputy mayor is unconstitutional

TS’s decision to grant MPs the power to vote for the election of mayor and deputy mayor is unconstitutional

The Forum for Good Governance (FGG) has raised objections to the state government’s decision to grant MPs the power to vote in the election of mayor and deputy mayor, calling it ‘unconstitutional’ and “encroachment” on the powers of local bodies.

In a communication to Governor Tamilisai Soundarajan, FGG Secretary Mr. Padmanabha Reddy mentioned that over the past three years, the work of existing appointed members to municipal bodies has been “zero” and as a result, the increasing the strength of appointed members from five to 15 will “not help the functioning of civic bodies”.

The criteria for appointing members include special knowledge and experience in city administration, but this is never followed and appointments are mostly politically motivated, he said. Neighborhood committees that might have had members from civil society, resident welfare associations and professional institutes have not yet been trained in GHMC, he recalled.

The FGG also felt that there should be no time limit for the motion of censure against the mayor or deputy mayor since it can only be taken if half of the total voting members sign the vote. ‘notice. “When the condition for moving a motion of no confidence is so strong, there is little chance that frivolous motions of no confidence will destabilize the board,” Mr Reddy said.

The governor was asked to consider six new additions to the new municipal law and the objections raised by the FGG before giving his assent to the bill, said the communication, a copy of which was released to the media.