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B’luru: Local body elections, and OBC reservation discussed in Assembly

KS Eshwarappa,
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Bengaluru: “State Government has said that OBC reservation will be considered for the local body elections, said Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister K. S. Eshwarappa on Friday March 11.

Answering to the query by JD (S) MLC Marithibbegowda regarding local body polls at Assembly session, Minister Eshwarappa said that the Government intends to hold the elections soon but wants the reservation for OBCs to stay. Also he added that the Panchayat Raj Delimitation Committee, which is tasked with redrawing Zilla and Taluk Panchayat boundaries, has been asked to submit its report as early as possible.

Elaborating, Minister said, “Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has discussed with legal expert, and the Panchayat Raj Delimitation Committee is yet to submit its report. Once the report is submitted, we will initiate further process to hold the elections.”

He also noted that the Government had written to the Election Commission earlier to hold the ZP-TP polls but had received 888 objections against the delimitation.

Opposition leader B. K. Hariprasad asked him to consider the Kantharaj committee report and submit it to the Supreme Court, which had ruled holding elections without reservations for OBCs but only for SCs and STs.

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