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BJP hails SC verdict on Rajasthan panchayat ordinance

The Supreme Court today refused to entertain petitions challenging the ordinance.

By: Press Trust of India | Jaipur |
Updated: January 5, 2015 8:38:58 pm
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BJP’s Rajasthan unit today welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision not to entertain petitions challenging an ordinance recently passed by the Rajasthan government mandating varied educational qualifications for candidates to contest panchayat elections.

BJP hailed the Supreme Court verdict as “a victory of truth”. “Finally truth prevailed… We appeal to all other political parties not to get confused and misled by Congress leaders, and get ready for contesting in the panchayat polls,” BJP spokesman Kailash Bhatt told reporters here.

Bhatt alleged that there was a dearth of qualified candidates in the Congress party hence it knocked at the doors of the court but was turned down.

The Supreme Court today refused to entertain petitions challenging the ordinance, saying that High Court was the forum for addressing these issues.

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“Go and challenge the vires of the ordinance in Rajasthan High Court,” a bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu said, while declining to extend by two days the deadline of filing the nominations till the matter is taken up in the High Court.

Filing of nominations for the first phase of elections for sarpanch, panchayat samiti and zila parishad comes to an end tomorrow.

For sarpanchs, the ordinance fixed class VIII as the minimum qualification and in scheduled areas it is Class V.

For contesting zila parishad and panchayat samiti polls the education qualification is Class X pass.

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