Panchayat poll notification likely before Jan 10

Panchayat elections notification will be issued before January 10. According to State Election Commissioner Nagi Reddy, elections will be held in three phases. The first phase will be held 15-days after the notification and the second phase, 28-days after the notification.

The commission sought time from high court for finalizing the percentage of reservation. The Hyderabad High Court had directed the state government on October 11,2018, to conduct elections to the gram panchayats within three months. The Telangana government on Sunday last issued an ordinance to declare that the total reservations in Panchayat polls will not exceed 50 per cent.

The Ordinance resulted in amendments to the Telangana Panchayat Raj Act, 2018 pertaining to the total reservations in Panchayat Raj elections. As per the Original Act, at least 34 per cent of the total number of offices in Gram Panchayats had to be reserved for Backward classes. The latest Supreme Court judgement that said the state could not exceed the 50 per cent cap in reservations is likely to delay the conduct of gram panchayat polls in the state. It may be mentioned here that the K Chandrasekhar Rao-led TRS government had earlier created new panchayats taking the total tally of gram panchayats to 12,751.

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