Gandhinagar – Before the election of local self-government bodies in Gujarat in 2020, the BJP has adopted a political strategy and plans to increase the extent of the eight major cities where the municipalities are located. Gazette notifications are likely to be released by the end of this year. Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Jamnagar, Junagadh and Bhavnagar have also been instructed to prepare a proposal to link the outlying areas with the municipal corporation. All 8 municipal corporation of Gujarat are under rule of BJP.
The state’s urban development department has written a letter to all eight municipalities stating that a proposal for dissolution of municipalities and gram panchayats will be sent within 15 days. The state BJP government aims to win the local elections in 2020. Local organizations have been told that this process should be completed quickly, as it can be included in the upcoming local elections in 2020.
40 MLAs wine in this areas, Congress are only 8 MLA.
A formal circular has been sent to all the municipalities, gram panchayats and metros, an official of the Urban Development Department said. Local organizations have been asked to list quickly how many panchayats or municipalities can be merged in the metropolis.
Based on the population, the state government will take its final decision on this issue. All proposals for merger of villages and towns as well as out-of-town areas will be approved before February 2020.
There are some municipalities in Ahmedabad whose population is calculated in the city or in the Urban Development Authority. Some of the local bodies coming to AUDA will be affiliated with Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. In Ahmedabad, in 2007, about 30 new areas were added to the municipal corporation. Now other areas will also be connected.
Similarly, areas outside Gandhinagar such as Pathapur, Kudasan, Raisan, Sargasan will be brought under the purview of the municipal corporation.
General elections of all municipal corporations, municipalities, districts and taluka panchayats are to be held next year, except Junagadh in the state. The goal of the state government is to revise the borders of all cities later this year so that elections can be held in 2020 with new areas in the metros. With this, the number of wards in the metropolitan elections may also increase.
This study is likely to lead to major changes in the boundaries of metropolitan and urban development authorities such as Guda, Suda, Bhadra, Wuda, Ada. Sources in the Urban Development Department have said that political influence will also arise along with the administrative function. It has been asked to complete the study in three days and submit its report to the government. The government intends to roll out the gazette notification after approving new proposals at a state cabinet meeting.