Elected officials in India are losing their jobs for having more than 2 children. Read more here,
Ravi Yadav, who was elected to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) from Langar House, was disqualified by the court as he had three children, which was in violation of election rules governing the civic body. The high court declared Uday Kumar of the BJP as elected in his place. Uday Kumar had challenged Ravi Yadav’s election of 1995.
This is the second time that a court has disqualified a member of GHMC on the ground of number of children. Earlier a Congress corporator Vanaja Lakshman Goud was disqualified by the court as she had three children. But in her affidavit she had declared the names of only two. In that case the court declared Bhanumati of MIM as the winner as she had come second in the elections. The high court passed the orders under Section-21B of the GHMC Act, 2009.
Under the 1995 Act of civic body polls, if a candidate has more than two children, he or she is ineligible to contest elections. Yadav faced the allegation that he failed to provide correct information on the number of his children at the time of filing his nomination.
Observers say that this can lead to many more such complaints and litigations against the elected representatives of local bodies who were known to have more than the stipulated number of children. It is believed that there were 10 elected members of GHMC who had more than two children and their rivals were now likely to drag them to court.
The same two child norm also applies to MLAs and MLCs but many of the elected representatives are continuing in their positions as no one challenged them.