The results of the election to the Belagavi city corporation elections were declared on Sep 6, 2021, where the BJP won with a thumping majority of 35 seats in the 58-ward Belagavi Corporation. The same has also been published in the Official Gazette.
But since then, neither the elected councilors have taken the oath nor the first meeting of the council has been held.
However, due to the reservation quota for the mayor and deputy mayor the election got delayed.
The TOI in its article mentions –
According to political sources, the BJP city MLAs for South, Abhay Patil, and North, Anil Benake, had played a vital role in the party’s win. Now it is being said that neither MLA is interested in electing the mayor and deputy mayor as they think the city’s control will slip out of their hands.
This was for the first time in the history of Belagavi that the election to the council was held on party symbols and the BJP has got a thumping majority but with no meeting held and no mayor elected as of now, the citizens are in a state of despair as to why this is so?
As per the KMC act sec 42. President and vice-president.—(1) For every municipal council,
there shall be a president and a vice-president.
1 [(2) Subject to the provisions of sub-section (2A) the Councillors shall at the first meeting of the Municipal Council after the general electionand at a subsequent meeting held immediately before the expiry of term of office of the President and Vice-president chose two members from amongst the elected councillors to be respectively president and Vice-President and so often as there is a casual vacancy in the office of the President, or VicePresident shall choose another member from amongst the elected councillors to be the President or Vice-president, as the case may be.
47. Meeting.—(1) The municipal council shall ordinarily hold at least one meeting in every month for the transaction of business, 1 [which shall be called an ordinary general meeting
The Mayor is the ‘first citizen of a city. But in reality, as in most municipal corporations in India, the Mayor is more often a figurehead.
A ‘one-year wonder intended only for ceremonial purposes is how the 2008 Kasturirangan Committee Report ‘Governance in Bengaluru Metropolitan Region and BBMP’ describes the Mayor. This is because Mayor’s powers are restricted by the law itself. According to the KMC (Karnataka Municipal Corporation) Act, 1976, Mayor only has a one-year term and has no executive powers.