Fate of five corporators hangs in balance for failure to submit caste validity certificate

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Submission of OBC caste validity certificate

Nashik : A period of six months was given to corporators contesting on reserve seats during general elections of Nashik Municipal Corporation in 2017. The term of six months is completing on August 23, but five corporators belonging to Other Backward Category have still not submitted caste validity certificate If they do not submit caste validity certificate within six months, they will be disqualified as corporators as per orders by the state Election Commission. As a result, their fate hangs in balance.

The general elections for 122 posts of NMC corporators took place on February, 2017. Names of victorious candidates have been published in state government gazette. Thereafter, political parties had registered their groups with the Divisional Commissioner. Those candidates who contested elections on reserve seats without submission of caste validity certificate has given to present it till August 23, 2017. This term will come to an end after 17 days. As a result, corporators belonging to reserve categories will be rushed to submit the caste validity certificate.

Out 9 corporators belonging to the OBC category, 4 corporators submitted their caste validity certificates, but Uddhav Baburao Nimse (prabhag 2 – C), Mirza Shahin Saleembeg (prabhag 23 – B), Satyabhama Gadekar (prabhag 22 – B), Memon Samina Shoaib (14 – B) and Yogesh Kiran Shevre (prabhag 11 – B) have still not submitted their caste validity certificates.

The woman corporator out of these corporators has OBC certificate registered in her maternal name and the caste validity certificate of it has not submitted yet. It is mandatory for these corporators to submit the certificate till August 23.

The election department had took affidavit from all candidates while filing of their nominations. In addition, a letter was given to the caste validity committee to resolve caste validity cases of the corporators from reserved category earlier. The election department of NMC had completed the process.

If OBC corporators fail to submit their caste validity certificates till August 23, they will be disqualified. The State Election Commission had ordered that caste certificate issued by authorised officer and caste validity certificate should be submitted with nomination for civic elections. A circular regarding this was issued, but a permission was given on February 3, 2017 to file nominations if candidates filed their applications with caste validity certificate and they did not receive it till last date of filing the nomination.

At that time, election officers had given a term of six months for concerned candidates to submit the caste validity certificate within six months. If corporators fail to submit it within the given term, they will be disqualified. Their caste certificate will declare illegible. NMC will send a proposal to town development department to disqualify those corporators who fail to submit their caste validity certificates. The town development department will publish names of disqualified corporators thereafter. Meanwhile, it has come to light that register of caste certificate and file of the certificate of Uddhav Baburao Nimse who won from prabhag 2 were missing. In addition, his case is pending with the district caste validity committee.

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