Cong to seek EC’s opinion on the method of conducting elections

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Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee has decided to write to the State Election Commission seeking their views first on the pros and cons of conducting elections on the basis of events and ballot papers and also to seek information about the guidelines issued in Bihar in this connection which is going to polls shortly.

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The party’s Election Commission Coordination Committee met here today under the chairmanship of Marri Shashidhar Reddy to discuss on the letter written by the state EC to elicit views on whether to conduct elections to GHMC on the basis of events or ballot paper because of Covid-19 situation.

The Committee felt that party’s stand would be made clear only after the receipt of inputs. Shashidhar Reddy pointed out that the state government did not come out with any categorical statement about their intent to continue with the same number of 150 municipal wards for the coming GHMC elections. Further, if they come out with this, their government will also have to announce whether they will continue with the wards as per the delimitation done last time or if it is proposed to carry out fresh delimitation now.

The delimitation of ward or division was taken up on the basis of the 2011 population census. Hence, Shashidhar Reddy felt that in Hyderabad Census data was gathered on the basis of 35 Census Wards, which are not the same as the GHMC wards for holding elections. There are wards number 1 to 23 on the Hyderabad side and 1 to 12 on the Secunderabad side. Further, each of these wards comprises of enumeration blocks (EBs). EB-wise census data should be put in the public domain by GHMC. Similarly, GHMC should also put out the EB-wise break up each of the 150 wards (divisions) of GHMC with the details of SC and ST population.

“In this manner the moment the delimitation process is completed, we will know which of the 150 wards should be earmarked for SC and ST reservation besides ward-wise BC voters. In the past, a lot of discrepancies have been found in the enumeration of BC voters. Normally, the ruling party decid which of the wards have to be reserved for different categories and data is manipulated accordingly, to make the 150 wards tailor-made for the ruling party”, said Reddy.

He further added that in 2015, we had focused on the large-scale illegal deletion of lakhs of voters, which were stayed with the intervention of the Election Commission of India over. It had led to the transfer of the then commissioner GHMC Somesh Kumar. This time the Congress party will carefully monitor this whole process of delimitation, enumeration of BC voters and reservations to prevent the government from making it unfairly advantageous to the ruling party.

PCC president Capt Uttam Kumar Reddy participated from Delhi via video conference. Besides senior leaders of the GHMC area including former PCC president V Hanumantha Rao, ex-MP Konda Vishweshwar Reddy, presidents of Ranga Reddy and Sangareddy districts and others also participated as special invitees.

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