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No delay in civic polls

Ranchi, Sept. 10: Chief minister Arjun Munda made it clear today that the next urban civic body elections, due after March 2013, would be held on time even if a detailed report on the 2011 census report was not available by then.

Speaking at the BJP office-bearers’ meeting, Munda said that though his government would always prefer the elections to be held on the basis of the latest census report, he would not want the polls to be deferred. Under such circumstances, the polls would be held on the basis of the 2001 census, he added.

The tenure of the existing urban civic bodies will end in March next year.

“Our government has successfully completed two years. Now, it is the responsibility of BJP workers to approach the common masses in person and apprise them of the good work being done by the government. The outcome of their hard work will be visible in the next urban civic body elections,” the chief minister said.

BJP state president Dineshanand Goswami said that 2 lakh more primary members and 10,000 more active members joined the party during the membership drive.

The election of state unit district presidents would be wrapped up by November 10 t enable them to participate in the election of the BJP national president, which was also due in November.