Vellore village boycotts local polls as seat reserved for SC

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The residents of the Village had filed a case in the High Court against the panchayat president post being reserved for Scheduled Caste (Woman)…reports Asian Lite News.

While the first phase of the rural local body polls in Tamil Nadu concluded with no untoward incident except for some small skirmishes, the residents of Ammundi panchayat in Vellore district boycotted the elections.

The boycott was due to the panchayat president post has been reserved for SC woman. No person voted in any of the five polling booths set up in the village. The village has 2,045 voters.

The residents of the Village had filed a case in the High Court against the panchayat president post being reserved for Scheduled Caste (Woman).

The villagers were protesting against this since September and had wanted to revert the seat to the general category. The village elders said that they boycotted the polls as of the 2,045 voters in the Ammundi panchayat, 2,042 are under the general category and SC women and male voters numbered only 2 and 1 respectively.

AIADMK Vellore Urban district secretary, S.R.K. Appu who had brought the discrepancy before the district administration said, “The villagers agitated as they want justice and reclassify the village panchayat under the general category. The district administration was not properly responding even after repeated queries and there was no alternative other than boycott the polls.”

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