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Tuesday 5 February 2013

Karnataka to seek time to conduct urban local bodies polls

Karnataka to seek time to conduct urban local bodies polls
By Anil Kumar M, TNN | Feb 4, 2013, 09.20 PM IST

BANGALORE: The state government has sought 10 days time to furnish to the State Election Commission (SEC) , the reservation list for posts of chairpersons to urban local bodies polls.

The cabinet meeting on Monday ratified the decision on review petition that has been filed in the Supreme court on Saturday on the polls. The apex court had ruled that state government should provide reservation list to SEC on Monday and also said the election body has the powers to conduct poll procedure itself based on 2007 reservation pattern.

The cabinet discussed the issue threadbare and decided that if elections are held according to 2007 roster list, injustice would be meted out SC/ST/OBCs and women as the population of these sections has grown manifold over last five years. The amendments to various acts after 2008 have paved way for 50% reservation for women in panchayat and ULBs. If elections are held according to 2007 list, only 33% reservation will be applicable for women.

The government is said to have received support from the opposition parties in conducting elections according to 2011 census than roster system in 2007.

Banking on this support from opposition parties, the government is thinking to pass an unanimous resolution in both the Houses of the legislature seeking time to hold elections according to latest census.

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