People in India’s southern Chennai city backed regional opposition party Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) in holding local body elections now; saying that the ongoing tussle between ruling and opposition parties will affect developmental work in the city.
The DMK members staged a walkout from Tamil Nadu legislative assembly on Wednesday (June 21) over the delay in holding local body elections.
The local body elections are due for nine months now.
The ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) government on Saturday (June 24) introduced a new law in the assembly to extend the tenure of its appointed special officers in the rural local bodies.
A local resident said in such scenarios general public is the primary sufferer, and legislators must stop thinking about their own benefit and should work towards betterment of the general masses.
Another resident, Sadakathullah raised the overall development issue in the city and expressed the necessity of holding local body elections.
On Wednesday DMK leader Stalin had accused that the government was afraid to hold the elections due to the instability in the ruling party.
Since the death of its leader and former chief J.Jayalalithaa in December, 2016, the AIADMK has been reeling under power struggle in the party, with three factions forming in the party.
The party is also facing accusations of bribing its own legislators during a trust vote in the state assembly.
The Madras High Court had cancelled the Tamil Nadu state local body elections in the first week of October last year, citing irregularities with the poll notifications.
The special officers had been running the day-to-day administration of more than 100,000 local bodies in the state since October 25.