Muslim quota applicable in local body elections in Andhra Pradesh


By Muslim Mirror News,

charminarHyderabad, July 5: There was a wide spread rumor and unofficial rejection of Backward Class [Extreme] certificate holders interested to contest local body elections by Official Staff of Government as a case is pending in the AP High Court with regard to applicability of Political reservations to BC[E] category as the case BC [E] reservations pending in Supreme Court. Muslim Empowerment Movement has clarified that BC (E) reservation for Muslims will be applicable in the local body elections due later this month.


Aaris Mohammed, Campaign Co-ordinator at Muslim Empowerment Movement said: BC reservations are applicable in local body elections.  As BC [E] category is part of BC and the said Category of people were enjoying reservation subjected to the final judgment of SC they are also eligible to contest elections.

He also made following clarifications:

— There in no Go / Order / Circular from the concerned department on baring the BC [E] category people from contesting Local body elections.

— AP High court also responded as same on 2nd with regard to Pil 264 filed against BC [E] reservations case.  However the concerned Department of the AP Government is yet file their counter in the court.

—  If any election officer rejected, ask his to show any directive from the Government / Court along with a written rejection.

— Candidates of Muslims communities under BC[a], BC[B], BC[E] can contest In BC reserved Panchayats and in General Panchayats also.

— Women quota of 50% is applicable in all these Panchayats.

— Reserved candidates can contest from any constituency in the state.  They are not restricted to reserved constituencies only.

The Panchayat Elections for 6863 Panchayats and 2,17,578 wards of these Local bodies in Andhra Pradesh were scheduled to be held in 3 Phases.  Interested candidates may contest these elections.  The notification will be issued on 9th of July by every District Election Office.  Nominations should be filed between 9-13th of July and the withdrawal date is 17th July.  The final list of contesting candidates will be published on 17th July.

Mr. Aaris has also appealed to Activists, Aspirants, Representatives of Political parties interested in Minorities to immediately meet the State Election commission / District Election in-charge and ask him to give a written clarification on this issue immediately to have fair and inclusive election to avoid hindrance amounting to confusion among the aspirants of Particular BC [E] category people.



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