Three separate intervention motions will be brought before the Supreme Court with a plea for the holding or total postponement of elections to local bodies, even in the seats reserved for the OBC community on December 21. The Supreme Court has suspended the government’s order of 27 percent in local bodies and has scheduled the next hearing for December 13. However, the State Election Commission (SEC) has suspended elections for reserved seats for CBOs, further clarifying that polls in other states will take place on schedule.
Requests for intervention will be lodged by the state government, Samata Parishad led by NCP veteran Chhagan Bhujbal and the third by an OBC candidate from Gondia. The state government will assure the court that it will complete the OBC census or compilation of crucial empirical data on time and submit it to the Supreme Court.
Former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi will appear for the government, Deputy DMK and Senior Counsel P Wilson for Samata Parishad and Kapil Sibal for OBC candidate for Gondia District.
Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said the entire state cabinet was in favor of reinstating the quota. He also asked why Maharashtra is treated differently when the quota in other states exceeds the 50 percent cap.
He said: “The ruling MVA is firm in its position that the December 21 elections to local bodies should either be held for all seats, including those reserved for CBOs, or be postponed altogether.” Without naming any party, Pawar accused the opposition of “confusing for no reason.”
Bhujbal, who was accompanied by his nephew and former NCP MP Sameer Bhujbal, met with party leader Sharad Pawar, party MP Praful Patel and also legal advisers to decide on the future course of action.
“Why such injustice on the CBOs of Maharashtra? Local body elections were held in Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat after April this year, while polls were held in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Political reserve in other states has not been affected, but only the CBOs in Maharashtra are deprived of political reserve, ”Bhujbal said.
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Posted on: Friday December 10th, 2021 09:17 IST