Kendrapara, Dec 11 (LocalWire): A court in Kendrapara district today set aside the election of a sarpanch of Baruna gram panchayat under Rajkanika block as he violated the ‘two child norm’ by filing nomination papers in the last gram panchayat elections.
Uttam Senapati had been elected as the sarpanch from Baruna gram panchayat by defeating Dusmant Behera in 2017. But Behera opposed the filing of the nomination paper of Senapati and demanded its rejection since he was father to three children. But the election officer rejected the plea of Behera and the nomination paper of Senapati was declared valid.
Behera filed a case in the court of Aul against the elected sarpanch and alleged that as per Section 11 of Odisha Gram Panchayat Act, a person having more than two children is not entitled to contest in the panchayat elections.
The First Class Judicial Magistrate of Aul, P Sitalaxmi after examining the evidence set aside the election of the sarpanch.
As per the Indian People’s Representative Act, 1951 a person with any number of children is competent to contest for the post of MLA and MP. But under the Gram Panchayat Act, a person with more than two children is not entitled to contest in the panchayat body elections.
‘This anomaly between the People’s Representative Act and Gram Panchayat Act should be rectified. The legislatures should amend the People’s Representative Act to impose restrictions like Gram Panchayat Act for for healthy democracy,’ said Mrutunjaya Samal, a lawyer of Kendrapara.