Minutes after the Haryana panchayat polls got deferred till the decision of the Supreme Court on the petition against mandatory educational criteria, leaders of opposition parties took to social media to take digs at the BJP government's stand on the issue.
Dushyant Chautala, INLD MP from Hisar, was among the first leaders to react with a sarcasm. He tweeted: "Mujhe khushi hai ki supreme court mein ek baar phir janata ki awaaz ki jeet hui. Inclusive hone ki bajay sarkar exclusive ho rahi thi (I am happy that the voice of people won in the SC. Instead of getting inclusive, the government was getting exclusive".
Former chief parliamentary secretary and state Congress spokesman Ran Singh Maan was not far behind as he tweeted: "Aaj supreme court ke aadeshon ke baad Khattar sarkar ka vyakaran yun badal gaya hai ab 'a' ke mayane 'anadi', 'anokhe' ya 'anubhavheen' bol sakte hain (Subsequent to the SC order, 'a' in the grammar of Khattar government, could stand for 'novice', 'unusual' or 'inexperienced')".
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader in Haryana Naveen Jaihind's tweet appeared too blunt: "Khattar sarkar ne Haryana ke panchayat chunav ke umidwaron ko khatara gaadi mein bitha diya hai jiska manzil tak pahuchana mushkil hai (The Khattar government has made panchayat poll candidates board an almost broken train which was most unlikely to reach its destination".
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Meanwhile, Haryana Congress legislature party (CLP) leader Kiran Choudhry also flung a barb on Khattar government and said that the Supreme Court directions on the panchayati raj elections seemed to have answered the prayers of his government, which never wanted to hold the elections and had been on the look-out for an excuse for doing so.
"Its intention found manifestation in the deliberate delay caused in holding the PRI polls on one pretext or the other,'' she said in a statement issued here on Tuesday.
Lauding the apex court for "protecting the democratic rights" of women, dalits, minorities and poor people to contest the elections and doing democracy a service, she said the decision to fix minimum educational qualification for contesting polls, which would have debarred 50% of the candidates, was a deliberate and studied ploy devised to delay the PRI polls.
"It would mean end of the road for a large number of such representatives as have been there for years, and have done good work but do not meet the new yardstick of educational qualification," she said.