Aspecial two-day session of the Telangana Assembly will be held on 18 and 19 July to introduce and pass a new Municipal Act. The legislative council will also meet on 19 July for this purpose.
Once the Act is passed in the legislature, elections are likely to be held during the first week of August to about 140 municipalities in the state.
This will also be the first time that the Assembly is being held after 12 Congress MLAs defected to the ruling TRS, which now has 103 legislators in the 119-member House. Opposition parties are opposed to the legislation.
Earlier this month, Telangana chief minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao met with officials concerned to review the formulation of the new Act. He said a strong Act is necessary for the development of villages in the state.
KCR is confident that the new legislation, when it comes into effect, will bring a positive change in rural areas within three months.
“The government has decided to bring in qualitative change as gratitude to the people. The Telangana New Municipal Act should be brought in to eradicate corruption. People expect best practices and policies from the government," Rao said in a press release last week.
Senior Congress leader and former MLA Marri Shashidhar Reddy said that elections to the municipalities are due as their term ended on 2 July. “The state government is obligated to conduct elections before the term was over. Despite that, no steps were taken to complete pre-election work. Wards are de-limited every five years and this time we have new municipalities, which have to be ratified by the municipal council. However, the term of the council has come to an end," he said.
Reddy said, “The state government is conducting it now only because the State Election Commission had approached HC earlier." he said. However, the Act is likely to be cleared in the Assembly as the Congress has just six MLAs.