Eknath Shinde’s government in Maharashtra has reversed another decision of the previous Uddhav Thackeray government in the state. According to the new decision of the Shinde cabinet, the number of wards in Mumbai will remain the same as before. The previous Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government had taken the decision to increase the number of wards in Mumbai from 227 to 236.
In the new decision of the government, it was said that the upcoming elections to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will be held according to the old ward structure of 2017. The previous MVA government led by Uddhav Thackeray increased the number of BMC wards from 227 to 236 last year. However, Shinde overturned this in the cabinet meeting on Wednesday. In this way, BMC will have 227 wards as before. This is not the first time that the Shinde government has reversed the decision of Uddhav Thackeray. Earlier, the decision related to the Metro car shed in the Aarey forest area has also been reversed.
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Congress welcomed the decision
Congress leader Milind Deora welcomed the decision, saying it was a big victory for his party and the people of Mumbai. The former MP tweeted, ‘Maharashtra government has canceled the undemocratic ward-wise delimitation done by Shiv Sena. It was an insult to the coalition religion of MVA as well as to common Mumbaikars. Last month, he wrote a letter to Chief Minister Shinde, demanding that the new ward system be abolished.
What did the Shinde government say in the verdict?
Meanwhile, the statement from the Chief Minister’s Office also said that the number of councilors in the other 26 municipal bodies of the state would be revised in proportion to the population. It said that in municipal bodies with a population of three lakh to six lakh, the minimum number of seats would be 65 and the maximum number would be 85. The cabinet currently consists of only Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. At present, the Zilla Parishad can have 55 to 85 seats. This decision has been taken in view of the declining population in rural areas.
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