A Chandigarh-resident has 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, Dr 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 the Section 6 of the Municipal Corporation Act and it also violates Article 243 T of the Constitution.
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He has submitted that ward no. 23 should have been open this time for general category. The petitioner, belonging to general category, has submitted that despite his representation to the concerned authorities on the issue on October 10 raising question on reservation of ward no. 23, a notification was issued on October 14 about the list of reserve wards, including ward no. 23 of the municipal corporation.
The petitioner has also requested the court to issue directions to the concerned authorities that elections for ward no. 23 should be held for general category candidates. As per the notification issued in December 2006, ward no. 23 was reserved for scheduled caste women and in 2011 elections, ward no. 23 was reserved for women and now as per the latest notification issued on October 14, ward no. 23 has been reserved for Scheduled Caste, the petitioner has submitted.
The petition filed in the high court registry on Monday is likely to come up for hearing later this week.