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Shivraj Chouhan postpones his foreign tour amidst court order on local body polls

By wasmulhaq 
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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday decided to cancel his foreign tour of London and New York next week. The focus of his tour was the investment promotion meetings. He says his presence is required in the state in the wake of some recent developments pertaining to representation in local body elections.

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Mr Chouhan took the decision when the Supreme Court directed the State Election Commission (SEC) to notify the programme for local body elections in Madhya Pradesh within two weeks.

The SC also said until the triple test exercise, which was mentioned in a constitution bench verdict of 2010, is completed in all respects; no reservation for the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) can be provisioned.

After the SC’s order, Mr Chouhan had on Tuesday said the state government would file a review petition for holding panchayat elections with the OBC reservation.

He had said they would again request the SC that local body elections be held with the provision of OBC reservation.

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On Wednesday, Mr Chouhan, in a series of tweets, said the Madhya Pradesh government had planned investment promotion meetings in New York (US) and London (UK) between May 15 and 20. The idea was to attract investment, resulting in employment opportunities and the economic development of the state.

However, recent developments with regards to representation in elections of local bodies require my presence in the state. In view of this immediate and pressing need, I have decided to postpone the visit,” “Mr Chouhan tweeted.

After the SC’s order on Tuesday, MP Congress chief Kamal Nath blamed the state BJP government for depriving OBCs of the reservation.


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