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Dalit village an open seat for polls

Alleging favouritism in the reservation of panchayats, members of the Bhartiya Vaalmiki Dharam Smaj (BVDS) have claimed that in spite of having more than 90% of its population as Dalits, the panchayat was not reserved, but was kepy under open category.

punjab Updated: Jun 09, 2013 19:40 IST
HT Correspondent

Alleging favouritism in the reservation of panchayats, members of the Bhartiya Vaalmiki Dharam Smaj (BVDS) have claimed that in spite of having more than 90% of its population as Dalits, the panchayat was not reserved, but was kepy under open category.

Party leader Gurmej Thapar said that since 1992, when a panchayat was formed in the village, it has been reserved twice for SC women and has been declared an open seat thrice.

"This is meant to ensure victory for certain influential ruling party leaders of the village and it is contrary to the directions issued by state government. We are approaching State and National Commissions of Scheduled Castes seeking justice for the dalit community," Thapar said.

District development and panchayat officer Avtar Singh Bhullar, denied the claim. "We have received a representation from some residens and are giving them a detailed reply with facts and figures. The population of dalits is about 88 percent and it was under the rotation policy that the seat had been kept open for the general category.