Term of BBMP council ends; govt appoints Gaurav Gupta as administrator

The Karnataka government on Thursday appointed senior IAS officer Gaurav Gupta as the administrator of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).

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The Karnataka government on Thursday appointed senior IAS officer Gaurav Gupta as the administrator of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). The five-year term of the BBMP council ended on Thursday and the administrator will take decisions related to the city in the absence of an elected body and a mayor, till the new council is formed. Gaurav Gupta is the principal secretary of commerce and industries department and is given an additional charge of the administrator.

The state government has delayed the elections to the 198-members strong BBMP council citing the pandemic and also because of its plan to restructure the city administration. The BJP government led by B S Yediyurappa has tasked a joint select committee of the state legislature to look into the proposals of increasing the number of BBMP wards, extending the term of Bengaluru mayor and deputy mayor from one year to 2.5 years and increasing the number of municipal zones. The state election commission has said that it plans to hold the BBMP elections in December.
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