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Madhya Pradesh Congress Accuses BJP of ‘Grave Injustice’ to OBCs, Says Solely 9 to 13% Ballot Quota Given

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A day after the Madhya Pradesh State Election Fee (SEC) introduced the schedule of three-tier panchayat polls, the Opposition Congress accused the BJP-led state authorities of doing “grave injustice” to the opposite backward lessons (OBCs). It claimed that the federal government has given solely a 9-13 per cent quota to the OBCs within the panchayat elections.

The allegation was made by the state Congress chief Kamal Nath, who highlighted district-wise OBC seats allotted for three-tier panchayat polls within the state.

“BJP says it’s going to give 35 per cent quota to OBCs, however in actuality it has given solely 11.2 per cent seats of Zilla panchayat members to the OBC group, 9.5 per cent seats for Janpad panchayat president posts, 11.5 per cent for Janpad panchayat members and solely 12.5 per cent seats for sarpanchs (head of village panchayats),” he stated.

Nath additional claimed that the OBCs have gotten zero posts for Zilla panchayat members in 19 districts, zero posts for Janpad panchayat presidents in 28 districts and 0 posts for Janpad panchayat members in 10 districts.

Earlier within the day, the state Congress claimed that OBC seats had lowered by 60 per cent (in comparison with earlier polls of 2014-15) this time. The official deal with of the social gathering claimed that the district panchayat member posts had come down by 61 per cent and in 13 districts, OBC quota had change into nil.

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It’s noteworthy that the state authorities has undertaken a course of for contemporary reservation of seats as per Supreme Courtroom directives, primarily based on the report of the Madhya Pradesh State OBC Welfare Fee. The official statistics on reserved seats isn’t but accessible within the compiled method. The Congress has been alleging that the contemporary course of has solely lowered the variety of reserved seats for the OBC group.

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As per the population-based norms, scheduled tribes (STs) get 20 per cent and scheduled castes (SCs) get 16 per cent quota within the state, leaving 14 per cent quota for the OBCs (contemplating the 50 per cent cap on whole quota set by the Supreme Courtroom).

Responding to the allegation, City Improvement Minister Bhupendra Singh stated has that the Congress has been making an attempt to dent the OBCs’ rights within the state. “It was Congress that went to the court docket. It opposed the OBC quota and this led to the SC scrapping the OBC quota for native our bodies’ polls. However our authorities made finest efforts and ensured that the native our bodies’ polls can be held with OBC quota.”

Singh claimed that OBC seats have elevated in lots of locations and it has lowered in some locations. In city native our bodies, 73 seats are reserved for OBCs now for Nagar Parishad (municipal council) presidents, which is similar as earlier, for Nagar Palika (municipality) presidents, the OBC seats have elevated from 25 to twenty-eight whereas in Nagar Nigams (municipal companies) 4 seats are nonetheless reserved for OBCs.

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