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SC stays HC order on quota in p’yat polls

31 May 2017 06:13am IST
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31 May 2017 06:13am IST

Government may accept fresh nominations in disputed wards; Election dates won’t be changed

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NEW DELHI/PANJIM: The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted an interim stay to the Goa government against the May 24 order of the High Court of Bombay at Goa staying the reservations for the June 11 Panchayat elections.

The Bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Deepak Gupta also ordered issue of notices to half a dozen persons who had obtained the stay from the HC Bench on reservation and delimitation of a few wards.

The notices were issued to Umesh Anant Phadte, Riddesh Sukhtankar, Naveed Noor Tahsildar, Venancio Gonsalves, Vandita Volvokar and Rozer Afonso.

The SC order may lead to the Goa government accepting fresh nominations in 12 disputed wards of 10 village panchayats. Panchayat Minister Mauvin Godinho said that since the Supreme Court has stayed the HC order it means that the process reverts to the old position. 

“Now we cannot put the calendar back, so will have to decide fresh dates to file nominations in those particular wards, may be one day or two days,” Godinho said. 

He said that he will chair a meeting on Wednesday and finalise the decision. “We will have to take call on that as one day was still remaining for filing nominations. We will have to consider all the factors and will have to take a decision,” the Minister said. “Once we finalise the decision in the meeting only then we will notify the schedule,” Godinho said. 

He specified that election dates won’t be changed but fresh dates for nominations in particular wards may be considered while slicing the campaign period by a day or two.  

On May 24 the HC had stayed the May 16 reservation notification issued by government of Goa in the case of certain wards.

Various persons had challenged the reservation on grounds including violations of the Panchayati Raj Act and certain Articles of the Constitution of India. 

After this the State Election Commission (SEC) had allowed the petitioners who were from the general category to file their nominations. State Election Commissioner R K Srivastava said he hasn’t received the court order and cannot comment on it.

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