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MCG mayor election back to square one, now on June 21

india Updated: Jun 17, 2011 02:09 IST
Eshani Mathur

A city district court on Thursday allowed the state government to hold the mayor’s election of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) by June 21, reversing a lower court's judgment which said the procedure must be held by June 17.

The lower court on Wednesday, responding to a petition filed by councillor Nisha Singh, had said the first meeting of the corporation must be held within 30 days of the councillors' election.

Singh, in her petition, had challenged the government’s decision to postpone the first meeting of the civic body till June 21. The new date was announced hours before the meeting was to take place on June 14 as per earlier schedule. The move prevented all 35 councillors from taking oath of office.

On Thursday, hearing an appeal of the government, the district court said since the election was postponed due to unpreparedness, it should be held by June 21.

While the court will issue its written order on Friday, Nisha Singh is planning to approach the high court the same day.

“This is unconstitutional and the case is clearly in the people's favour. We as councillors will not let this government twist the law in its favour,” she said.

Besides councillors of all 35 wards, the petition has support from INLD and BJP as well.

“The rule has been violated. Our only demand is that the person responsible for this violation should be punished under law and the matter should be taken up seriously,” an INLD spokesperson told HT. The election of MCG councillors was held on May 15 and the notification for mayor's election was issued on May 18.