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Cong questions change of women reservation roaster for DDC chairpersons
Seeks invoking anti-defection law, open voting system
1/16/2021 11:18:00 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Jan 16: Taking strong exception to the change of roaster of reservation for women for the offices of DDC Chairpersons, Congress has termed it an attempt to defeat and distort the mandate of the people.
Addressing a press conference here today, J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) Chief Spokesperson, Ravinder Sharma said the changes made through a recent order of 11th January 2021, contrary to the existing roaster already prescribed in the order of 24th October 2020 is an attempt to manipulate the results to the undue advantage of few blue eyed and to the disadvantage of various other eligible candidates for DDC Chairpersons.
The party also strongly advocated introduction of Anti-Defection norms and the system of open voting, to check horse-trading in the upcoming elections to the DDC Chairpersons.
Ravinder Sharma along with General Secretary PCC Th. Manmohan Singh and newly elected DDC members Shabir Ahmed Khan (ex-Minister) from Rajouri and District President Poonch Ch. Abdul Gani (DDC Member Poonch) questioned the change of settled norms and existing rule of reservation for women & SC/ST by a recent order. The recent order prescribed the roaster of 3, 6,9,12 to be reserved for women while the earlier order prescribed 1,4, 7, 10 and so on in the alphabetical order for chairpersons to be reserved for women. The earlier order has also not been superseded, as the new SO 13 is also contrary to all past norms and practices of women reservation roaster of 1, 4, 7, 10 etc. for panch, sarpanch, chairpersons of BDCs and DDC members itself besides all Municipal bodies in the past.
Sharma said that the recent order is totally illegal and arbitrary and unconstitutional as the Administrative Secretary has exceeded the powers vested in law and had no authority to legislate in the wake of existing provisions in the Act.
He questioned when the formula of roaster of reservation had already been prescribed and notified in the SO 330 of 24 Oct 2020 for DDC members and DDC Chairpersons for the women as well as SCs/ST, why the same is sought to be changed now, after the results when the eligible candidates are known. This clearly demonstrate and attempt to defeat and distort the mandate of the people and to give undue advantage to few and disadvantage to many others at the whims of the bureaucratic system.
Raising serious questions over the failure to introduce the anti-defection provisions in these important elections of DDC, held on party basis, he said the doors of horse trading and corruption have been kept wide open, which is a flawed approach to such a significant democratic institution.
Sharma alleged that this is being done at the behest of the ruling BJP to give undue advantage to its favorites and to deprive various others eligible for the post of Chairpersons of DDCs.
The party has already written to the LG Manoj Sinha to immediately intervene to check the distortion and to ensure the benefit of reservation to women, SC & ST as per spirit of 73rd amendment contained in the J&K Panchayat Raj Act, followed in SO 330 of 24th Oct 2020, failing which every door of justice would be approached and mode of protest would be adopted, the senior Congress leaders added.
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