Hyderabad: Caught in a quandary whether or not to postpone the elections to the Panchayat Raj Institutions, the state government is resorting to double-speak, as evident from the conflicting statements made by Revenue Minister N Raghuveera Reddy on the issue.
Mr Raghuveera Reddy had categorically stated on Thursday that he was one of the signatories to the draft for approval of an Ordinance which was to be cleared by Governor ESL Narasimhan, but he hinted that the government was having a rethink on the issue on Friday by saying that the elections should be held as scheduled and immediately.
The government’s double speak is evident from its expressed desire to go in for the Ordinance to appoint special officers to the Mandal and Zilla Parishads as there was no sufficient time to notify the Backward Classes Quota’ and in the second place, the statement made by the Revenue Minister today.
A minimum of six weeks is required for the process and also inform the Election Commission about the Backward Classes’ Population enumeration which is said to be nearing completion.
Mr Raghuveera Reddy told media persons at the Secretariat on Friday that the said elections should be held as scheduled and immediately.
He went on to clarify that the government was no in mood to inconvenience the BCs (on quota status ) while holding the elections. “Therefore the emphasis is on to hold the elections keeping in view their quota as per the directive of the Supreme Court which mandated the government not to exceed the ceiling of 50 per cent” the Minister said.
The term of Mandal Praja Parishads and Zilla Praja Parishads would come to an end on July 22 and 23 respectively, and the term of the Sarpanches would come to an end in August. The government was expected to notify the BC quota on June 11, which is the deadline set by the Election Commission.
According to sources, the government is wary of conducting the elections as scheduled because of a threat from YSR Congress Party president YS Jaganmohan Reddy, who might organize a repeat of Kadapa by-polls results in the Panchayat Raj polls too.(INN)