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High Court seeks govt response over reservation for Chairman, Mayor posts

Jaipur: A Division Bench of Rajasthan HC comprising Justice Sabina and Justice Manoj Vyas on Friday issued a show-cause notice to the state govt and the State Election commission on a writ petition challenging the constitutional validity of the notification of the government whereby it has changed the procedure of reservation to be provided on the post of Chairman/Mayor of Various Municipalities and Boards in the state.

The court has also issued a notice on the stay application and the matter has been fixed for hearing on the stay of the amendment made on March 1.

The petition was filed by Ramawtar Verma, Arvind Sharma, and others through their advocate Dr. Abhinav Sharma.

The petitioners challenged two separate notifications dated 13.12.2020 which were issued by the government when a challenge was made to the existing scheme of reservation of SC and ST seats for the post of Chairman in the various Municipalities and Municipal boards elections of year 2020 for which last poll has ended on 28 January this year.

Counsel for the petitioners Dr. Abhinav Sharma contended that the reservation for the SC and ST on the post of Chairman is not provided by rotation thus restricting the same to only those limited number of municipalities and Board where population of SC and ST is higher and thus the benefit of reservation for SC and ST is not being given to all the 210 municipalities and Boards in the State which is against the constitutional mandate of reservation. (First India Bureau )

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