Mail News Service
Seraikela, Nov 19: Business establishments of Seraikela remained closed on Saturday in protest against the State Election Commission’s decision to reserve the president’s post of the local nagar panchayat for ST women.
Most shops, barring those selling milk and medicines, remained closed during the day to register their protest against the decision of SEC. Local residents who ventured out to procure daily essentials or even tea and snacks had to return empty handed. The situation gradually returned to normal in the evening.
Local residents said that that the president’s post of Seraikela Nagar Panchayat was for general category because 85% of the population of this segment is from this category. The protesters insisted that general category representatives should be allowed to contest for the president’s post.
The Seraikela civic body was established in 1889 by Maharaja Udit Narayan Singh Deo of the erstwhile Seraikela princely state. Raja Pratap Aditya Singh Deo of Seraikela said that right from the outset the civic body was the only one of its kind since India’s Independence and it has always been in the general category. He added that right from the outset elections to the posts of Seraikela civic body’s president and ward commissioners have been conducted following due procedure.