Setting aside the Haryana government’s eleventh-hour decision to postpone the election of mayor’s post in the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG), district court on Wednesday asked the state to hold the election by June 17. Hours before the first meeting of the civic body which was scheduled on Tuesday, the government on Monday evening postponed the proceeding till June 21, citing an urgent meeting on law and order as reason. The move prevented the elected councillors to take oath of office. The government’s decision was challenged in a petition filed by Nisha Singh, councillor of ward 30, who said the first meeting of the corporation must be held within 30 days of councillors’ election.
Hearing Singh’s petition, the court said, “… divisional commissioner through the defendant is required to follow the provisions of the section 53 and other provisions of Haryana Municipal Corporation Act, 1994. He is directed to hold the meeting within prescribed period of 30 day.”
The MCG councillors’ election was held on May 15 and the notification for the election of mayor was issued on May 18. Now, the constitutional mandate is to choose mayor within 30 days that is June 17, the court said.