Two bills that mandate the Maharashtra government to delimit wards and fix the number of ward members as well as for the State Election Commission to finalize the election schedule after consultation with the government were passed in the Assembly on Monday.
The MVA government introduced amendments to the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act and the Maharashtra Municipal Councils, Nagar Panchayats and Industrial Townships Act as well as the Maharashtra Village Panchayats and Zilla Parishads and Panchayat Samitis Act.
On March 3, the Supreme Court had dismissed an interim report of the State Backward Commission recommending 27 per cent quota for OBCs in local bodies.
All the parties in the state had then unanimously decided that elections to local bodies should not be held until this quota was restored. It was also decided to adopt the Madhya Pradesh model for enacting a new law to empower the government to take decisions on holding local body elections.