Hyderabad: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday urged the State Election Commission for delimitation of MPTC and ZPTC territorial areas on the basis of the 2011 census, so that justice could be ensured to SCs, STs and BCs in the Panchyat Raj elections.
A BJP delegation led by the party state present and MLA, Mr G Kishan Reddy met the State Election Commissioner, Mr P Ramakanth Reddy in his office here and presented a memorandum to him in the matter.
Speaking to the media after submitting the memorandum, Mr Kishan Reddy said that for the local body elections held in 1995 and 2000, the delimitation of segments was done based on the 1991 census; and for the 2006 elections, 2001 census was taken as a parameter. But, though the statistics and data of 2011 was available, the Government has fixed the reservations based on old census -2001. He strongly criticized the Government for not considering the data of census 2011. He felt that lot of changes have taken place in the population of castes in Ranga Reddy, Visakhapatnam, Guntur, Kirshna, Nellore, Tirupathi, Kadapa, Warangal and Karimnagar districts in the last 10 years due to migration of people and rapid growth of the towns and cities.
He alleged that transparency was lacking in fixing the limits and reservation of ZPTCs, MPTCs and MPPs for SCs, STs and BCs. No scientific method was followed in fixing the reservations. Moreover, irregularities have taken place in identifying the reserved seats of SCs, STs, BCs and women. The reservation of seats was done under the directions of the District in-charge ministers, ruling party MPs and MLAs and in favor of the ruling party Congress. The seats where BC population was more, have been allocated for non-BCs. In some Mandals, ZPTC and MPP were fixed as general seats and to the same community. The reservation was not fixed as per the ratio of population of SCs, BCs and BCs, he alleged.
“Out of 802 MPTC seats in Karmingar district, 64 seats should have been allocated to SCs, but only 18 seats were reserved”, he added.
Mr Kishan Reddy said that since 1995 elections, 18 percent reservation to Scs, 8 percent to STs and 34 percent to BCs has been implemented in the local body elections. It was a practice to hold all party meetings at mandal, district and state level, hold rotation and lottery at revenue division and mandal level to fix the MPTC and ZPTC reservations in the presence of the public. But, this was not done in this elections, he regretted. He demanded that the Government should immediately hold all party meetings at mandal, district and state level to discuss the matter.
Reminding that the state government has announced the up-gradation of 50 gram panchayats as towns and municipalities, he said that MPTC and ZPTC seats have also been fixed in these 50 gram panchayats. The Government’s action was creating confusion. He urged the Government to make a clear announcement to dispel the confusion.
He urged that reservations should be fixed in a transparent and scientific method. The Government should take up new roaster system as 50 percent reservation for women was newly introduced.
BJP national secretary, Dr K Laxman, State Vice President, Dr S Malla Reddy, State General Secretary, Mr N Ramachandar Rao and Convenor of party elections organizing committee, Mr D Pradeep Kumar were among the delegation that met the State Election Commissioner.