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HC gives 2 more days to govt to fix civic polls date

The Trinamool Congress government on Tuesday failed to submit the dates of the elections in the 13 municipalities of the state

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: July 24, 2013 3:48 am

The Trinamool Congress government on Tuesday failed to submit the dates of the elections in the 13 municipalities of the state,prompting the Calcutta High Court to give another two days to the government to decide on it or it would pass an order on Friday.

The Division Bench of Chief Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Joymalya Bagchi was hearing a petition filed by lawyer Basabi Raichaudhury who has alleged that the government has not taken any initiative to hold the elections in the 13 municipalities whose five-year tenure expired on July 24.

The government was keen to run the civic bodies through its appointed administrators,the petitioner added.

The court had earlier asked both the State Election Commission (SEC) as well as the government to inform it when it wants the elections to be held.

Today,the state government’s counsel told the court that he has not received any such instruction from the government on the poll date.

While directing the government counsel to inform the court about the dates by Friday,the Division Bench said it wanted to give sufficient opportunity to the state to take a decision on holding the civic polls.

Meanwhile,the SEC informed the High Court that it wanted to hold the municipal polls either on September 21,22 or 23.

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