The CPI (M) on Tuesday slammed the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government in Haryana for its decision of making educational qualification mandatory for panchayat elections, saying that the move would deprive a large number of down-trodden people, including women, from their fundamental right of contesting polls.
In a statement issued here, state CPI (M) secretary Surender Singh said that the government was imposing its decision on the people of the state in the name of poll reforms.
"The decision shows that the BJP has lost faith in people and that's why it is depriving them from their constitutional rights, besides attacking their livelihood", he added.
He has also accused the state election commission of not playing its role of an independent body and said, "Even the state election commission has conducted itself as a stooge of the government rather than performing its role as an independent body".
He said that it was unfortunate that opposition parties also did not put up effective resistance to the bill passed in the state assembly in this regard.