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BJP Objects to KCR’s Changes to PR Act

Hyderabad,  “BJP takes strong objection to the proposals being made by CM KCR to amend Panchayat Raj Act of 1992 by the State Government. Going by what is being circulated through media leaks by the TRS Government; all the proposed amendments are in clear violation of the letter & spirit of the Indian Constitution”, said  Telangana BJP official spokesperson Krishna Sagar Rao, today.
Both Panchayat Raj Act of 1992 and  Municipalities Act of 1992 are national laws passed after 73rd & 74th constitutional amendments. While state government can make amendments for the same locally as there is provision for the same, the amendments cannot ultra-vires or deviate from the framework of the national law, he said in a press note. .
He said that in the three tier local body system proposed for self governance, the existing Panchayat Raj law clearly through 243(a) to 243 (o) outlines the funds, functions and functionaries of the local bodies and the electoral process which need to be executed by the state election commission every 5 years.          CM KCR’s plan to amend the Act to ensure Sarpanch election is conducted indirectly deviating from the existing law of direct election will be a day dream. Other amendments CM is proposing to reduce the powers vested with Sarpanch, bring in a provision for the removal a Sarpanch based on his performance and his other politically motivated amendments will be stalled by the Courts for overriding the existing national laws.
BJP considers KCR is waging an unethical war against thousands of Sarpanches in Telangana to take control of them politically, through these proposed amendments. The ministerial subcommittee set up by the CM is a hogwash and  BJP considers it as toothless.        BJP strongly believes that  KCR is trying to hijack the local bodies for his party’s electoral outcomes in the general and assembly elections due in the near future. He is also trying to deviate public attention from his government’s failure to deliver on the electoral promises TRS made to the public.   BJP will fight to protect the sanctity of local bodies independence and local government’s roles and responsibilities provided by the constitutional amendments of 73 & 74. BJP will also explore all legal options to stall the unconstitutional amendments CM KCR is proposing to make to Panchayat Raj Act of 1992 in the state, he added

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