HC sets aside Punjab govt's decision to reserve Mohali Mayor's post for women

North Gazette News/Chandigarh
Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday set aside the Punjab government’s decision to reserve Mohali Mayor’s Post for women.

As per reports, HC Judge Justice Jaswant Singh quashed the decision of Punjab government to reserve Mohali Mayor’s Post for women while hearing two petitions on the issue.

It is pertinent to mention here that Mohali Mayor’s post was reserved for women by Punjab government under Section 6 of the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act, 1976 on March 5, 2015.

Punjab government’s move, that was reportedly taken after legal advice, was seen as politically motivated to benefit ruling SAD-BJP alliance in municipal elections.

The SAD-BJP alliance had won 23 seats in recently concluded Municipal Corporation elections in which senior women candidates including Kuldeep Kaur Kang had won elections.

SAD-BJP alliance needed at least three more councillors as 26 seats are required to gain majority in the 50-member House and the move had ruled Kulwant Singh, former SAD leader who had rebelled against the party, out of the race for Mohali Mayor’s post.

The petitioners have alleged that Punjab government’s decision was against the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act, 1976 as well as the 1996 Rules.

As per the rules which were later amended in 2007, says that the Mohali Mayor’s post could not be reserved for women.