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Next Gurgaon mayor will be a scheduled caste woman

The Haryana government has reserved the post for a woman candidate from the scheduled caste category

gurgaon Updated: Dec 16, 2016 22:58 IST
Abhishek Behl
Elections to the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon are to be held in March next year.
Elections to the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon are to be held in March next year.(HT File Photo)

The Haryana government has reserved the post of mayor of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) for a woman candidate from the scheduled caste (SC) category. Apart from Gurgaon, the state has also reserved the mayoral post for women in three more municipal corporations in the state.

While the post is reserved for a woman from the scheduled caste (SC) category in Gurgaon, the post in Panipat has been reserved for a woman candidate from a backward caste (BC) category. Ambala and Karnal will have women mayors from the general category. The municipal corporations of Hisar, Yamunanagar, Rohtak, Sonepat and Panchkula are open to all.

“Four mayoral seats have been reserved for women in Haryana. Gurgaon is reserved for the SC category, Panipat for the BC category, and Ambala and Karnal for women from the general category. The decision to reserve a seat is taken on the basis of population and other social considerations. If a woman mayor is elected in Gurgaon, it will be a great step for social, economic and political empowerment of women,” said Kavita Jain, Haryana’s minister for urban local bodies.

The reservation for mayoral posts was decided after the urban local bodies department held a draw in Chandigarh on Thursday as per provisions of Section 11(6) of the Haryana Municipal Corporation Act, 1994. The draw is to be held after every decennial census.

An official of the department said the mayor’s post in the Municipal Corporation of Faridabad has been reserved for an SC candidate. The election to the Faridabad civic body will be held on January 8.

The MCG is slated to go to polls in March following directions of the Punjab and Haryana high court on December 8 that elections should be held within three months. The court had directed that all formalities for elections should be completed in the next two months, and polls held within a month thereafter.

The tenure of MCG councillors ended on June 21, 2015, but elections were not held because of a delay in delimitation of wards. The corporation was formed in 2008, and the first election was held in 2010. The elections in 2017 would be the second in the history of the MCG.

The six-member committee for delimitation had submitted its report to the MCG this Tuesday. It has recommended that Gurgaon retain 35 wards.