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Rajasthan HC seeks govt’s response on amendment in municipalities rules

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The Rajasthan High Court has sought the response of the state government by November 3 on a petition challenging amendment in the Rajasthan Municipalities Rules.

The court wants to ascertain how the Rajasthan government has retrospectively done away the process of rotation of reservation of seats. The reservation of seats is for the position of chairman/mayor in the urban local bodies.

The court has issued notice to principal secretary, local self-government, and Rajasthan Election Commission on a petition filed by a certain Yogendra Kumar and others.

The amendment came in the wake of a petition filed by the same petitioners earlier in the month of October. The petition challenged the action of the Rajasthan government in reserving a few selected seats of chairman.

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The state government had reserved the chairman’s seat in some 60 municipalities of Rajasthan for SC and ST. It was contended that by way of a notification dated October 13, 1999, rules and procedures were laid down.

Under Rule 6 of the elction rules, the procedure for allotment was provided and it made provision that such rotation will be in a cyclic manner. The rotation would be in the descending order of proportionate population and SC and ST.

Next hearing in Rajasthan HC on November 3

Counsel for petitioner Dr Abhinav Sharma told that instead of filing a response, the Rajasthan government amended Rule 6. He stressed that the state scrapped the provision of rotation and amended rules. The rules now provide reservation of seats by draw of lots.

It further provides that the seats that are reserved for SC and ST can be again reserved after every new census. The same has now been challenged by filing a fresh petition. Both the petitions will now be heard by the Jaipur bench of the Rajasthan High Court on November 3.

 

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