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CONTEMPLATES MUNICIPALITY POLLS ON PARTY LINES

GOA: With the municipal elections likely to be held in February, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has started consultations with its MLAs and cabinet ministers to decide whether to hold municipal elections along party lines.

Most BJP MLAs who represent municipal areas have said that they are open to either of the options, if the party decides to contest the municipal elections on party lines or not. Urban development minister Milind Naik said that he has told the party that he has no problem if municipal elections are held on party lines.

If the zilla panchayat elections were fought on party lines then the upcoming municipal elections should also be fought along party lines

Conducting civic polls on party lines as is done in larger cities will be beneficial in the long run. I feel and I just discussed this with the chief minister, if you see other states even panchayat elections are fought on party lines.

With Covid-19 cases increasing in Goa, the state election commission (SEC) in August postponed polls for the 11 municipal bodies which were scheduled for October 18 by three months.

The News24 Goa

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