On Monday, June 21, Rural Development Minister Hasan Mushrif said that the local bodies elections will not take place until 70 per cent of the state population is vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Earlier, the elections to Zila Parishads, Gram Panchayats and municipal corporations were scheduled between November 2021 to February 2022. These are scheduled in various phases. According to reports, in view of the second wave of the coronavirus coupled with the possibility of a third wave, the state government is not keen on local bodies polls as of now.
Meanwhile, according to the data shared by the health ministry, currently 2.76 crore people in the state have been inoculated. The total population of Maharashtra is pegged at 11.4 crores according to the 2011 Census.
On the other hand, ahead of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections that are to be conducted in 2022, all the parties in the state have reportedly started their preparations regarding the same.
While it is being speculated that the Shiv Sena along with the NCP will contest the elections together, Congress has reportedly been signalling to the BMC that it is to contest the elections alone in 2022. Meanwhile, the BJP has initiated the “Aapke Dwar” campaign under which the MLAs of the party will now visit different areas of their assembly constituencies in order to meet the people and address their grievances.