By-election on October 5

Battle in six Zilla Parishads where OBC reservation has been canceled

Mumbai: With the cancellation of political reservation of Other Backward Classes (OBCs), by-elections will now be held on October 5 to fill the vacancies in six Zilla Parishads. The state Election Commission has announced a new election program in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling that corona restrictions do not apply to by-elections.

Nagpur, Akola, Washim, Dhule, Nandurbar, five Zilla Parishad by-elections will begin the postponed process, the State Election Commission announced

To take Also, by-elections in Palghar Zilla Parishad and Panchayat Samiti will be held on October 5. By-polls will be held in 859 Zilla Parishad constituencies and 144 Panchayat Samiti constituencies for a total of 229 such constituencies. Except Palghar, nominations had already been filed in five districts. The election process will now be completed where it was postponed, said State Election Commissioner UPS. Madan explained. Voting will take place on October 5 and counting will take place on the next day, the 6th.

The Supreme Court had in March decided to cancel the political reservation of other backward classes in local bodies. Accordingly, the Election Commission had on July 19 announced the cancellation of the membership of Dhule, Nandurbar, Akola, Washim and Nagpur Zilla Parishads and other backward classes in the Panchayat Samiti under them. However, against the backdrop of the heated political climate in the state over the reservation of other backward classes, the state government had raised the issue of increasing number of patients in Corona, potential third wave and impossibility of providing staff due to Corona. The polls were adjourned on July 9 by the Election Commission following a Supreme Court order and Krona’s request to postpone the by-polls.

The apex court had on September 9 ruled that Corona’s state government’s restrictions on by-elections do not apply to them. The state election commission had also ordered an immediate decision to continue the by-election process.

Open Category Candidates: Supreme Court cancels OBC’s political reservation on the issue of more than 50 per cent reservation. Members of the OBC community who were elected to these seats were also disqualified. These seats will now be filled from the open class due to cancellation of reservation. Although most of the political parties have decided that all parties should field OBC candidates in the seats where OBC members are disqualified, the list of candidates was finalized after nomination papers were filed in five Zilla Parishads. As a result, there will be no OBC candidates from political parties for all the seats in the five Zilla Parishads. Political parties will only be able to field OBC candidates in Palghar as nominations are yet to be filed.

By-polls in Nagpur, Akola, Washim, Dhule, Nandurbar, Palghar, six Zilla Parishads and Panchayat Samiti

By-polls will be held on October 5 for a total of 229 seats, 85 in Zilla Parishad and 144 in Panchayat Samiti.

‘These wards are open due to cancellation of OBC reservation. However, the decision of most parties to field only OBC candidates

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