THE STATE Government on Thursday issued the much-awaited notification for the Urban Local Bodies election.
According to principal secretary, Urban Development Department, Amal Kumar Verma the process for the election in nagar nigams, nagar palika parishads and nagar panchayats would commence on September 21 and completed by November 6. The State Election Commission will issue notification for the election on Friday. The filing of nomination papers will start on October 3 and end on October 6.
The papers will be verified on October 9 and October 12 will be the last date for withdrawal. The election will be held in three phases —on October 28, 31 and November 3. Counting will take place on November 6. Elections for Nagar Palika Parishad Bangarmau (Unnao), Nagar Panchayat Railway Settlement Mughalsarai (Chandauli), Nagar Panchayat Renukoot (Sonebhadra), Nagar Panchayat Subeha (Barabanki) and Nagar Panchayat Dasna (Ghaziabad) will, however, be held later.
It was day of full of suspense as the officers in the Urban Development Department waited for green signal from the State Government to issue notification. A section of the officers were of the view that after issuing notification, the government could file a petition in the court to give more time for holding the election. It as only after a marathon discussion with legal experts, the officers finally decided to issue the notification. The Allahabad High Court has asked the state government to file an affidavit in the court on Friday listing reasons for the delay in holding the election.
Writ for stalling election to be heard today
A WRIT petition inter alia seeking to restrain the state government from holding local bodies elections until rotation of reserved seats was done afresh came up for hearing before the Lucknow bench of the high court here on Thursday. The bench comprising Justices Jagdish Bhalla and DV Sharma ordered the petition to be listed for hearing on Friday. The petition was filed by one Tara Singh Solanki.
The petitioner has also challenged the constitutional validity of the UP Urban Local Self Government Laws Amendment Act,2006 on the ground that the said Act provides the rotation of offices and not of seats. It was further prayed that reservation being done for vice president of nagar panchayats and mayor of municipal corporations be also stopped forthwith. A similar petition filed by one Ram Shanker will also come up for hearing on Friday.