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Govt likely to bring in Ordinance to postpone Local Bodies’ elections

Posted by on June 9, 2011 0 Comment

Hyderabad: The government is said to have approached the Governor for issue of an Ordinance to postpone the Local Body elections in view of certain irritants cropping up in the system, specifically the quota issue of the Backward Classes.

The Apex Court had already limited the ceiling quota to 50 per cent and in the light of this, ruling the government has been placed in a piquant situation.

According to government sources, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy had already written a letter to Governor E S L Narasimhan in this regard.

The cited Ordinance may be issued any time from now, most probably on June 11. Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy has also held discussions with his cabinet colleagues on the contentious issue.

The term of office of the MPTC and ZPTC will come to an end in July (22 and 23) and that of the Sarpanchas in August (August 22 and 23).

But going by the current pace of developments, the preparedness for the elections could at best be described as ‘tardy’ as the Court has already been moved over the issue of quota to the Backward Classes in the said elections.

There is therefore a possibility of postponing the said Local Body elections.

Following a writ petition challenging the action of the authorities in not implementing the categorisation of reservation for Backward Classes in the Local Bodies’ elections, the Advocate General is filing a counter affidavit on Tuesday to explain the stand of the state government.

Meanwhile, the High Court would hear the arguments next week.

The petition was filed by U Sambasiva Rao. Justice Naushad Ali adjourned the case to Tuesday.(INN)

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