The 15 ward committees in Chennai (for a city of 200 wards) are meant to enable citizen participation in governance. As we celebrate the 150th year of the Mahatma, can we fulfil his visions of Grama Swaraj?
The election of town vending committees could go a long way in regularising the business of street vendors and earning them a place of dignity. But the Corporation’s lackadaisical attitude has left 50% of them ineligible to vote.
Ahead of the long-awaited local body elections for the state, citizens of Zone 13 under the Corporation of Chennai have come together to create an urban ward manifesto that will make governance transparent and effective.
While the Chennai city council stands dissolved, a recent order of the Madras High Court has delayed elections to the municipal body; how do citizens feel about this as they brace themselves for the rains?
Urban voters have often been berated for the low polling percentages recorded across cities. But is the percentage really that low? And are there procedural issues that could be the reason? Mahesh S T analyses the Chennai rolls.
Even as the AIADMK government assumed office with a historic second consecutive victory in the Assembly Elections, DMK swept Chennai, by winning 10 out of 16 seats. Another factor was anti-incumbency – except for Dr.