Hyderabad: Following an appeal made by the A P Sarpanches’ Association over the issue of contentious reservations in the ZPPs and MPPs, a Division Bench of the High Court has granted a ‘stay’ not to conduct the Local Body Elections. The stay was given over the quota system as detailed to the Court by the state government.
The Court also directed that the GO which stipulated the reservation system for the said ZPPs and MPPs be stalled.
With this, the much awaited elections to the Local Bodies have been put under wraps once again by the Ap Sarpanches Association who contended that the cited quota for candidates drawn from weaker sections exceeded the ceiling quota – 50 per cent – as fixed by the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, State Election Commissioner Ramakanth Reddy, who was approached by the media men at the Secretariat on Wednesday stated that the government announced quota details which was furnished to the state High Court became invalid.
Mr Ramakanth Reddy made it clear that the controversial elections would be held only after the government sent a revised list of details related to the reservations for the Local Bodies.
Even as the issue has been dragged to the Court by the Sarpanchaes Association, the N Kiran Kumar Reddy government is said to be engrossed in an ‘exercise’ that might save the skin of the ruling party. \
Pradesh Congress Committee president Botsa Satyanarayana was also here and held deliberations with the Chief Minister on the issue.
What transpired between them remained as a closed door affair.
Sources indicated that the government may opt for an Ordinance for appointment of Special Officers to the Local Body institutions to tide over the crisis for the present. Another section also signaled that the Court verdict came in handy for the N Kiran Kumar Reddy administration to have a free run till September.
The government in a way found a good alibi to turn the blame to the Court or the Sarpanchas Association to conveniently put off the cited polls.