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HC refuses more time

A DIVISION Bench of the Allahabad High Court on Friday rejected an application filed by the Uttar Pradesh Government and State Election Commission demanding extension of period for holding the local bodies election in the State.

india Updated: May 27, 2006 01:32 IST

A DIVISION Bench of the Allahabad High Court on Friday rejected an application filed by the Uttar Pradesh Government and State Election Commission demanding extension of period for holding the local bodies election in the State.

The same Division Bench, while hearing the petition filed by former MLA Anugrah Narain Singh, had on December 22, 2005 directed the State Government to hold the election in local bodies within six months. The six months’ period is going to expire on June 22, 2006.

Rejecting the application, the Court said the State Government was under obligation to comply with the order of the Court passed on December 22 last year for holding the local bodies election within six months. The court said that more than sufficient time had been given to the state government to hold the election. The order was passed by Justice RK Agrawal and Justice Saroj Bala after hearing advocate-general of the state SMA Kazmi, who represented the State Government.

Urban Development Dept aflutter
THE REFUSAL of the Allahabad High Court to extend the period for holding the local bodies election suddenly spurred activities in the Urban Development Department.

Senior officials held meetings to discuss the preparations for the polls. But the meeting remained inconclusive, as they could not reach consensus on the dates of notification and poll.

“Final decision over the notification and poll dates would be taken only after Urban Development Minister Azam Khan returns from his foreign trip”, an official said.

Meanwhile, State Election Commissioner Aparmita Prasad Singh shot off a letter to the State government on Friday to issue the notification for the election in view of the High Court  order. The notification should be issued in consultation with the State Election Commission (SEC), he said.

“The SEC has completed the preparations for the local bodies poll and we are awaiting the notification of the State government” , Singh said.