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State Govt bid to stall local bodies? elections fails

A LAST-ditch effort was made by State Government officials on Monday to get the urban local bodies polls stalled. However, they failed and the State Election Commission issued the notification for the elections. The process for elections to nagar nigams, nagar palika parishads and nagar panchayats will start on October 3 and conclude on November 6.

india Updated: Sep 26, 2006 01:35 IST

A LAST-ditch effort was made by State Government officials on Monday to get the urban local bodies polls stalled. However, they failed and the State Election Commission issued the notification for the elections. The process for elections to nagar nigams, nagar palika parishads and nagar panchayats will start on October 3 and conclude on November 6.

Secretary Home, Arun Kumar Sinha, ADG (Crime, Law and Order) Padman Singh and IG (Law and Order) Brij Lal told State Election Commissioner Aparmita Prasad Singh that they were not in a position to assist the commission in holding the polls. The three major festivals during the elections would prove a stumbling block in the deployment of force for election duty, the officers said.

Singh said he told the officials that the commission had already decided to go ahead with the elections. “It is for the Police Department to ensure deployment of adequate force during the elections”, he said.

When the officers saw that Singh was not convinced with their argument they told him that along with Durga Puja, Eid and Diwali several festivals and fairs were being organised in various parts of the state. “The devotees would start coming to Ardh Kumbh mela, being organised at Allahabad, Kartik Purnima festival and Chaath festival would also fall during the election period. A large fair was being organised at Garh Mukteshwar during this period”, they said.

The state election commissioner agreed with the view of the officers but said that the elections would be held during the festive period and there would be pressure on the police force. Singh said the polls have already been delayed and the commission was left with little option but to issue the notification for the polls.