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Raj panchayat ordinance: Petitioners to file SLP in SC

With Rajasthan High Court refusing to immediately interfere with a state government ordinance fixing educational qualifications for candidates in Panchayat elections, the petitioners today said they will file a Special Leave Petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court seeking justice.

“Today’s high court order that it cannot intervene in the election process is misleading and literally deceitful as 95 per cent women in villages could not file nominations due to educational barrier,” two women sarpanches Kamla Devi (Tilonia village) and Norti Bai (Harmara village), who are also litigants in the case, said at a joint press conference here.

They said they will soon file the SLP in Supreme Court to seek justice against the Rajasthan High Court order, along with other petitioners.

Norti, who has been active in the Panchayti Raj system since 1981 and has made representations in foreign countries, said Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had launched “Bhamashah Yojna Card” for the poor and villagers from her Ajmer district last year, but suddenly she (Raje) issued the ordinance “killing the interests of women candidates”.

Norti, who does not have school education, claims to operate computer, printer and fax machine.
Noted activist Nikhil Dey, the founder of NGO Majdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS), said 80 per cent people in villages and 95 per cent women could not contest the Panchayat polls due to the
educational barrier.
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