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EC moves HC over quota in panchayat polls

The state was reminded from time to time to undertake the exercise under the provisions of the Telangana Panchayat Raj Act, 2018, it noted.

Published: 20th October 2018 02:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th October 2018 07:19 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD:  IN a significant development regarding Panchayat elections in Telangana, the State Election Commission (SEC) approached the High Court seeking direction to the Telangana government to complete all the reservations, including those meant for BCs, within a fixed time schedule and also to finalize percentage of reservations within a definite time frame to enable the commission to go ahead with the process of holding gram panchayat elections immediately.

The state was reminded from time to time to undertake the exercise under the provisions of the Telangana Panchayat Raj Act, 2018, it noted.On October 11 this year, the High Court had directed the SEC to take steps for conducting gram panchayat elections within next three months. 

The Telangana SEC, represented by M Ashok Kumar, filed the petition stating that the entire job of reservations falls in the domain of the government, and unless the state government finalizes the post and seat-wise reservations, the commission cannot be in a position to proceed further. In July last year, the SEC requested the government to finalize the reservations keeping in view the 50 percent upper limit set by the Supreme Court in ‘K Krishna Murthy and others’ case.

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