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Maha:  Election of Municipal council and Nagar panchayat stays due to OBC court hearing

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The Maharashtra State Election Commission (SEC) on Thursday stayed the elections to 92 municipal councils and four Nagar panchayats in view of the next week’s hearing on OBC reservations before the Supreme Court.

On July 12, the state OBC commission submitted its report (containing data about Other Backward Classes) to the Supreme Court, and the next hearing in the case has been scheduled for July 19, the SEC said in a statement here.

Last week, the SEC announced that elections for these local government bodies will take place on August 18 without OBC reservation. But both the Eknath Shinde-led government as well as opposition parties had said that elections should not be held until the OBC quota issue was resolved.

Last year, the SC had set aside the OBC quota in local bodies in Maharashtra for want of empirical data about the backward classes population in the state. Two days ago, the SEC stayed the lottery for deciding on other reservations in 25 Zilla parishads and 284 panchayat samitis.

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