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Despite opposition from few BJP leaders, Govt wants ULB polls on time
9/28/2023 10:44:10 PM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Sept 28: Even as a section of J&K BJP leaders favoured postponing the Urban Local Bodies (ULB) in the Union Territory, the government is interested in the conduct these elections in time to ensure the smooth functioning of local self-governance.
Highly placed sources said that the conduct of UBL elections are must to ensure a smooth flow of funds to continue developmental activities in different urban areas of J&K.
In the absence of the elected ULBs the Union Government will stop releasing funds for the development of the urban areas because as per the rules of the Finance Commission Award, the existence of the duly elected bodies are must to get funds from the Centre.
Earlier funds worth thousands of crores were lapsed when the successive governments in J&K failed to conduct ULB elections from 2010 to 2018.
According to sources from the year 2010 to 2018, funds worth Rs 900 crore lapsed as successive governments failed to conduct UBL elections in J&K. Sources said that Smart City projects are going at full pace in both the capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar and delay in conducting UBL elections would create hurdle in getting uninterrupted funds.
The coming ULB elections will be the first electoral test for the party in Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370 and the bifurcation of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir into the Union Territories (UTs).
The urban local bodies elections were held in four phases from October 8-16 in 2018 after a gap of 13 years.
The BJP had emerged as a major political force in Jammu and Kashmir winning 212 Wards in Jammu province and 100 in Kashmir.
The party got the majority in 13 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in Jammu including the prestigious Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC), emerged as the single largest party in eight other Committees, and won 11 Municipalities in Kashmir.
The BJP had, for the first time, managed to win seats in Kashmir councils and committees.
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