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The last day for withdrawal of papers is May 3

26 hypersensitive booths in Chamarajanagar

CHAMARAJANAGAR: With the last day for filing nominations on April 28 for the gram panchayat elections to 2,061 seats in Chamarajanagar district, a total of 7,489 nominations had been filed on Wednesday.

A press release issued here on Thursday said that 2,577 nominations had been filed for the 711 posts in 42 gram panchayats in Chamarajanagar taluk, 2,700 nominations for 692 posts in 37 gram panchayats in Kollegal taluk, 1,416 nominations for 480 posts in 30 gram panchayats in Gundlupet taluk and 796 nominations for 174 posts in 11 gram panchayats in Yelandur taluk.

In Chamarajanagar taluk, there are 53 sensitive and 26 hypersensitive booths, Kollegal has 51 sensitive and 26 hypersensitive booths, Gundlupet has 38 sensitive and 19 hypersensitive booths and Yelandur has 13 sensitive and seven hypersensitive booths.

A total of 5.98 lakh voters will elect 2,061 members to 120 gram panchayats in the district.

The last day for withdrawal of nominations is May 3.

Reservation

Of the, 2,061 seats, 858 are reserved for women and 523 seats for the Scheduled Castes (215 for women), 250 for Scheduled Tribes (144 for women), 563 for the backward classes category “A” (237 for women), 123 for the backward classes category “B” (27 for women) and 602 seats for the general category (235 for women).

Boycott

People of 11 villages of Kuratti Hosur Gram Panchayat limits in Kollegal taluk have decided to boycott the gram panchayat election in protest against lack of basic amenities such as roads, drainage, drinking water supply and hospital in the panchayat limits.

The Kuratti village, including Dantalli, Chengadi, Shettalli, Chennur, LPS Project Colony, Badraiahanahalli, Harabagere and other villages adjoining to M.M. Hills forest comes under Kuratti Hosur Gram Panchayat limits.

Although 23 candidates obtained nomination forms after the announcement of notification for the gram panchayat elections, they decided to stay away from the polls respecting the villagers' boycott decision.

Meanwhile, tahasildar and Deputy Superintendent of Police, Kollegal division tried to persuade the people of these 11 villages to file nomination papers.

They announced that security would be provided to those who filed their nomination papers.

Security

Finally, Mr. Shetty of Munishetty Doddi filed his nomination papers amid police security on the last day for filing nominations.

But lack of enough number of contenders to the 21 seats made it untenable to go ahead with the elections for the district administration.

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