Wednesday, 18 January 2012
All the parties agree to reserve first seat for women
BJP demands reasonable reservation of seats for women and SC
In the all party meeting with the State Election Commission, the BJP delegation has demanded that the MCD elections should be held in the second week of April. Delhi Government should delegate all the powers related to elections to the State Election Commissioner through a notification so that the Election Commissioner may complete the process of reservation of seats etc. for the MCD elections. This way the State Election Commission will get all the constitutional and legal rights to conduct these elections in a transparent and impartial manner.
The BJP delegation included Leader of the Opposition in Legislative Assembly Prof. Vijay Kumar Malhotra, Pradesh President Shri Vijender Gupta, Leader of the MCD House Shri Subhash Arya and Pradesh General Secretary Pravesh Verma. BJP demanded to make the reservation of seats reasonable, transparent and legally valid so that it may not be challenged in the court. It was demanded that for the purpose of reserving 50% seats for women, seat No. 1 to 272 should be reserved in such a manner that the ratio of seats reserved for women and women of S.C. and seats for general category are equal in number.
It may be mentioned that in the year 2011 the Central Home Ministry delegated the Delhi Government powers to issue notification for the reservation of seats by amending the MCD Act BJP delegation has demanded that this right should be delegated to the State Election Commissioner so that the notification for MCD elections may be issued by the Election Commissioner immediately.
Delegation pointed out that there are four holidays in the first week of April. If election date are declared in the first week then it will affect the voters because the voters may plan other programmes and will not turn out in large numbers which will affect the result. Shri Vijender Gupta told that there is uncertainty among all the political parties regarding elections. There is short time for the parties to make preparations and select candidates for the elections. Hence the election notification should be issued immediately so that parties may start their election preparations.