Elections local self government institutions are likely to be taken together in Maharashtra. Terms of some institutions end in December this year and some others in February 2022. This includes 27 Zilla Parishads.
The by-elections in five Zilla Parishads are also likely to be deferred. All the elections may be held in March 2022. Those preparing for the by-elections are disappointed, as they had made all the preparations for the contest.
In all 15 municipal corporations/councils will undergo elections. This includes New Mumbai, Kalyan-Dombiwali, Vasai-Virar, Kolhapur, Aurangabad (term ends in December); Brihanmumbai, Thane, Ulhasnagar, Nashik, Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad, Solapur, Amravati, Akola and Nagpur (term ends in February). More than 400 municipal councils will also undego elections in March. The terms of Bhandara and Gondia Zilla Parishads have already ended.
Some institutions, including Nagpur, also had prepared for by-polls following rejection of reservation for OBC candidates.
The municipal commissioners have been directed to prepare draft for municipal elections in the one-representative from each ward system. The four-representative Prabhag system has been withdrawn by the State Election Commission.
All eyes are glued towards possibility of new alliance of political parties coming up during the ensuing elections.