THE MULAYAM Singh Yadav Government has launched a desperate exercise to find a way out to convince the Allahabad High Court about technical problems in holding much-delayed civic elections in the State.
The senior officers of the Urban Development Department met here on Wednesday to assess the situation in light of a court order summoning chief secretary NC Bajpai and other officers on September 8.
Now, the department is preparing a case highlighting technical difficulties in holding the election. Minister of State for Urban Development Narad Rai said that the government wanted to hold the elections, but there were certain problems at the moment. Rai said the government first decided the reservation of Mayors and local bodies’ chiefs. He said now an amendment bill was pending in the State assembly in this connection. Even though the minister claimed that the election would have helped in generating a wave in favour of the ruling Samajwadi Party, difficulties had led to an inordinate delay. The minister said these difficulties, however, could not be removed immediately. He said the government would brief the court about the problems. However, the minister said the government would abide by the court order in the matter.
The chief secretary was likely to hold a meeting with advocate general SMA Kazmi, principal secretary, Urban Development, Amal Kumar Verma, principal secretary, Anil Kumar, and other officers on Thursday to chalk out an action plan.
The State Government has come out of hibernation only after a court took a tough stand and issued summons to the chief secretary for personal appearance to clarify the government stand.
The court had already given enough time to the government to complete the election process. But, the government put the issue on the backburner.
The election, which is a constitutional necessity, could not be deferred on the whims and fancies of any State Government. While it could be delayed for six months under certain pressing circumstances, in UP the poll has been due for nearly a year.