Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal has said that an overwhelming response, much beyond the expectations of the government, was received during ongoing elections to the Panchayati Raj Institutions in the state. Out of more than 28000 candidates, over 16000 have been elected unanimously which clearly proves the amendment to the PRI Act has been widely accepted by the people.
The Chief Minister, who was holding a video-conference with Deputy Commissioners on Wednesday, said that polling of first phase had successfully completed peacefully as compared to previous years except isolated incidents in some places. This had proved that amendment made by government in PRI Act, which was also upheld by the court, has been accepted by the people
In reply to a question, he said that electoral rolls were being revised to include new eligible electors on attaining the age of 18 years. He said that recommendations for holding Local Bodies election would be made as soon as the work of revision of electoral rolls is completed. It is expected that this exercise would take about two month’s period, he added.
In reply to another query, he said that Haryana government would support the Central government recommendations, if any, regarding educational qualification mandatory for election to Assembly and Parliament.
Agriculture Minister O.P. Dhankar, BJP State President Subhash Barala, PSCM Rajesh Khullar, Additional Chief Secretary Finance Sanjeev Kaushal, Principal Secretary and Director General Dr Abhilaksh Likhi were also present on this occasion.