The municipal corporation (MC) elections for six MCs of Haryana would be conducted as per its schedule on June 2 as the Punjab and Haryana high court refused to stay the election process, on Tuesday.
As per the notification issued on May 9, voting in all wards of municipal corporations of Panipat, Panchkula, Ambala, Karnal, Hisar, Rohtak and Yamunanagar would be held on June 2 and counting of votes would be done on June 4.
However, four petitions were filed in the high court seeking stay on state election commission’s notification issued on May 9 declaring election process in all wards of municipal corporations on the ground that de-limitation (wardbandi) exercise was done on the basis of 2001 census rather than the latest 2011 census.
However, the state government informed the high court on Tuesday that it was duty bound to conduct the elections as according to rules no corporation could remain without elected body for a period of over three years and three months. It was further informed that the seats of newly constituted municipal corporations have been fixed as per 2001 census figures because the 2011 census figures have not been released till date by the director, census operations, Haryana.
The court was informed that the state government is going to release final population data upto village level in the rural areas and upto ward level in towns on May 22.
After hearing the arguments, the division bench headed by justice Surya Kant adjourned the case for July 15 with the directions that elections would be subject to the outcome of the case.