This village of Hisar will not go to the polls: The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Deepender Deswal

Hisar, November 12

None of the aspirants were able to submit the application documents for the position of sarpanch reserved for the backward class (A) category in Isharheri village of the district as there are no eligible voters here. .

Residents had informed the district administration of the situation, but no corrections were made in time. There are a total of 325 voters in the village in the Barwala block of the district.

QUOTA DECIDED BY DRAW

The category was decided by lottery. The administration submitted the report to the State Election Commission and higher authorities. The election in the village will probably take place later. —District Representative

Former Sarpanch Dalbir Singh said out of the 325 voters, five belong to the BC(B) category and none to the BC(A) category. “So, there was no eligible person to file the application documents for the post of sarpanch,” he added.

District officials, however, said the category was decided by lottery.

A similar situation prevailed in two villages in Jind district, where residents could not submit nomination papers because there were no eligible voters. In the village of Frain Khurd, the position of sarpanch was reserved for the scheduled caste but there was no population belonging to the category here and therefore, no one was eligible to apply.

In the village of Roj Khera, residents boycotted the election because no one filed for the post of sarpanch. The villagers submitted a representation to the district administration, stating that they had a total of nine voters belonging to the SCs and that the post of sarpanch was reserved for a woman from that community. So they only have four wives

in the SC category who were unable to stand at the polls because they did not meet the minimum education criteria set by the government.

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