Chandigarh: Ahead of MC polls, another complaint filed for wrong reservation of wards

The plaint filed by Sanjeev Verma, Mandal president of the BJP, has now been forwarded by the DC to the state secretary

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: October 19, 2016 5:02:22 am
chandigarh-municipal-corporation-759 Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (File Photo)

A BJP member filed a complaint with the UT Deputy Commissioner Tuesday questioning the ward reservations for the upcoming Municipal Corporation elections.

The plaint filed by Sanjeev Verma, Mandal President of the BJP, has now been forwarded by the DC to Secretary, local government. In his plea, Verma had questioned the reservation stating that the same wards were being reserved and the entire circle was not being completed.

Meanwhile on Monday, another Chandigarh-resident had moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court challenging Chandigarh Municipal Corporation election’s notification on the ground that rotation policy for reservation of wards is not being followed and specifically ward no. 23, consisting of Ram Darbar and Hallomajra, has again been reserved despite being in reserved category for the past 10 years. Elections for 26 wards of Chandigarh Municipal Corporation are scheduled in the third week of December.

A Ram Darbar-resident, Sat Pal Goyal, claiming himself as senior vice president of Lok Jan Shakti Party and keen on contesting election from ward no. 23, has approached the high court challenging the notification issued on October 14 wherein a total of 12 wards have been reserved for various categories including Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Caste (Women) and Women.

He has submitted that the list of reserve wards is illegal and not as per Section 6 of the Municipal Corporation Act and it also violates Article 243 T of the Constitution.

Till now it was Congress only that was raising questions on the ward reservation. Congress councillor Subhash Chawla said that it was done by the administration under the influence of the ruling party and if the polls were to be held on the basis of 2011 census then the ward delimitation should also been carried out accordingly.

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