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Assam CM offers symbol-free surveys to panchayats, local bodies
Guwahati, Feb 8 (IANS): Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has proposed a no-symbol election to panchayats and municipalities. Sarma, also a senior BJP official, said elections for Assam’s gram panchayats and urban civic bodies would be held soon.
“There is less time to hold elections without symbols this time. I wanted this election to be held without party symbols. If we can hold elections without party symbols like Gujarat and Maharashtra, let there be a debate about it. To hold the elections without a symbol in panchayats and other civic bodies, the necessary changes in the law are needed and discussions with the different parties are needed,” the chief minister told the media on Monday.
Sarma added that like other states, Assam has a system in which parties nominate their candidates for gram panchayats and urban civic body elections.
“There are a lot of people who want to contest these local polls. However, these potential candidates don’t want to tie themselves to one party to contest these polls,” the chief minister said.
He added that 762 Personal Security Officers (PSOs), who were attached to various VIPs including politicians and various other people, in the state have been withdrawn saving huge sums of money. money from the public treasury.
Earlier this year, Sarma, who also holds the interior ministry portfolio, called for the PSO culture to be abandoned.
In total, nearly 2,000 PSOs are expected to be withdrawn in the coming days and this would help us get two new battalions and use them to keep people safe, he said.