Bangalore: The Karnataka cabinet on Monday
decided to hold the upcoming Taluk and Zilla Panchayat
elections as per the Government`s October 4 ordinance.
On the High Court directive earlier this month, asking
the State Government to identify and exclude the "politically
advanced" from the list of backward classes, the Cabinet
decided to refer the matter to the State Backward Classes
Commission, Higher Education Minster V S Acharya told
On November 25, the Karnataka High Court had directed the
State Election Commission (SEC) to start the process for zilla
and taluk panchayats elections by December 10, after rejecting
its plea for advancing the dates.
Passing final orders on an appeal by the SEC, a division
bench also upheld a single Judge order directing the state
government to identify "most (politically) backward among the
backward classes" for reservation and suggesting December 10
for starting the poll process.
The Karnataka Panchayat Raj (Amendment) ordinance 2010
promulgated on October four, provides for restriction of total
reservation of seats of SC/ST/BC taken up together to not more
than 50 per cent.