Maharashtra passes Bills for direct election of local body heads
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AMID STRONG objection from the Opposition, the Maharashtra legislative Assembly on Monday passed two amendments, under which heads of nagar parishads, panchayats, and sarpanch of gram panchayat can be elected directly by voters.
Chief Minister Eknath Shinde tabled the Bill to amend the Maharashtra Municipal Council, Nagar Panchayats and Industrial Townships Act 1965. The amendment was introduced to allow election of heads of nagar parishad or municipal council directly through election.
Leader of Opposition Ajit Pawar said the Bill was against the spirit of democracy. He said that similar decisions to directly elect the head were taken in the past but were reversed later as they were found to be against the democratic process.
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