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PIL seeking change in poll schedule dismissed

THE ALLAHABAD High Court has dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition requesting the court to direct the State government to re-organise the election schedule of local bodies, such as Nagar Palika Parishad, Nagar Nigam and Nagar Panchayat, excluding the period of Ramzan and fix the rescheduled date for election accordingly. The date of the polling for election has been fixed for October 28, 31 and November 3.

india Updated: Oct 21, 2006 00:23 IST

THE ALLAHABAD High Court has dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition requesting the court to direct the State government to re-organise the election schedule of local bodies, such as Nagar Palika Parishad, Nagar Nigam and Nagar Panchayat, excluding the period of Ramzan and fix the rescheduled date for election accordingly. The date of the polling for election has been fixed for October 28, 31 and November 3.

This petition was filed by advocate Syed Rahman Ali, a resident of Rajapur, Allahabad. Ali is former corporator of Nagar Nigam, Allahabad and a noted social  and political activist.

In his petition, he took the plea that during the holy period of Ramzan, Muslims at large do not take water during the period of Sahri and Iftar. It is impossible either for a  Muslim candidate or for Muslim public at large to participate or contest the election.

Ali said he did not want that the court to stop or interfere in the election process, but to direct the State Election Commission to re-organise the election schedule/programme.

After hearing the arguments of the petitioner’s counsel, Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Ajoy Nath Ray and Justice Ashok Bhushan dismissed the petition, saying, “The writ petition cannot be entertained as a Public Interest Litigation”.