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HC reserves verdict on urban local body polls

The Allahabad High Court on Friday reserved its judgment on two petitions related to holding of elections to the urban local bodies before its present term expires on November 15.

The Allahabad High Court on Friday reserved its judgment on two petitions related to holding of elections to the urban local bodies (ULBs) before its present term expires on November 15.

A division bench,comprising Justices Amitava Lala and V K Mathur,reserved the judgment following completion of arguments by the petitioners and the state government. The court also took yet another petition,filed by one S S Naqvi,on record,but gave no more time as its contention was identical to one of the petitions already filed.

One of the petitions,filed by Ajeet Jaiswal,had sought information from the state government about its preparedness to hold elections to the ULBs before November 15. The other petition,filed by Neeraj Kumar Mishra,had argued that the elections should be held on the basis of the latest census figures of 2011.

The state government,through Additional Advocate General Jaideep Mathur and Chief Standing Counsel,M C Chaturvedi,argued that it was inclined to hold the elections to the ULBs as soon as possible but was waiting for the census data,on the basis of which reserved wards are to be fixed,from the Centre.

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“The rule is that elections are held on the basis of the last census data collected and published. Since,2011 census data has been published,we have asked the Centre to supply us the ward-wise data. Once that is done,the wards in terms of reservations can be decided. The state has argued that the exercise would be completed in shortest possible time and elections will be held soon after,” said Chaturvedi.

He added that,even as per Constitution,an administrator can be appointed after the expiry of the present term. Elections can be held within six months of the expiry of the term,he added.

The UP government had,earlier this year,mooted the idea of not holding the elections on party symbols. However,the High Court had struck it down calling it unconstitutional. Since then,the government has not shown much inclination to hold the elections to the ULBs.