WHILE THE Supreme Court has upheld Haryana’s decision to mandate minimum education qualifications for the panchayat election, opposition parties, both Congress and INLD, slammed the BJP government in the state, accusing it of imposing “restrictions”.
The leader of Opposition and INLD MLA Abhay Chautala said, “We can not comment on the Supreme Court verdict but if this was the verdict then why did the SC take so much time. They could have announced this verdict on the first date of hearing in the case. As far as the BJP is concerned, they will have to pay the price for imposing such conditions in the panchayat polls. People are extremely agitated and the results of these panchayat polls will show BJP what they did”.
Terming the restrictions as “anti-common man”, Abhay added, “Had these restrictions been in public interest, INLD would have welcomed it despite being in opposition. But we live among the people of the state who do not approve of such restrictions in panchayat polls. It is totally against public sentiment”.
Congress Legislature Party leader Kiran Choudhry said: “The court in its wisdom has given its decision so I cannot comment on that. While education is a good thing, there was a need to prepare people for the same. There is no provision in the Constitution that only educated people can contest.”