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Voting rights to the nominated councillors: Railway minister says he’s ‘gunehgar’

FOR THE first time on the issue of giving voting rights to the nominated councillors, former railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said that he was to be blamed for it to some extent. Stating that he is a ‘gunehgar’ to some extent, Bansal said that the Constitution did not allow any voting rights to the […]

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh |
December 17, 2016 5:22:06 am
Voting rights, nominated councillors, Pawan Kumar Bansal, councillor voting rights, news, latest news, India news, national news “As there is no provision in the Constitution for voting rights for nominated councillors as well as MP, since the matter is pending in Punjab and Haryana and High court, I cannot comment on this now,” said Pawan Kumar Bansal.

FOR THE first time on the issue of giving voting rights to the nominated councillors, former railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said that he was to be blamed for it to some extent. Stating that he is a ‘gunehgar’ to some extent, Bansal said that the Constitution did not allow any voting rights to the nominated councillors and the Act was passed in a haste.

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There are nine nominated councillors in the corporation who are experts from different fields. However, as they are given the voting rights, their votes decide the fate as to who would be the mayor. Bansal was speaking at the launch of the party manifesto.

“As there is no provision in the Constitution for voting rights for nominated councillors as well as MP, since the matter is pending in Punjab and Haryana and High court, I cannot comment on this now,” said Bansal. Bansal said that while the Act was passed, one of his senior colleagues in Parliament told him that he would repent. The voting rights of nominated councillors have already been challenged in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

In 2016, the BJP’s councillor was elected mayor and at that time the Congress councillors had termed the nominated councillors opportunists. After that, several spats in the House have taken place between Congress councillors and nominated ones. The elected councillors were of the view that nominated should not indulge in politics but just give expert view on any issue.

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