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Supreme Court puts on hold local body polls in 9 newly-carved out Tamil Nadu districts

PTI New Delhi | Updated on December 06, 2019 Published on December 06, 2019

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The polls will be held on December 27 and December 30

The Supreme Court on Friday decided to put on hold the elections for local bodies in nine new districts of Tamil Nadu for complying with legal formalities such as delimitation and reservation in four months.

The districts were carved out from four existing districts of the State.

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) S A Bobde considered the suggestion put forward by the Tamil Nadu government that it was willing to put on hold the local body polls in the nine districts for complying with legal formalities such as a fresh delimitation exercise and for deciding the issue of reservation for women and SC/ST candidates.

The bench, also comprising justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant, said, “There shall be no legal impediment in holding the elections in the rest nine districts of Tamil Nadu.”

It directed the Tamil Nadu State Election Commission to conduct the delimitation exercise and other formalities afresh and conclude them in four months.

The bench also said the local body elections in the remaining districts of the southern state will be held as per the earlier schedule.

The State election commission had on Monday announced that the local body polls in Tamil Nadu will be held in two phases -- on December 27 and 30 -- without complying with the formalities.

The apex court bench had given the state government two options and asked it to either agree to keep the bifurcation of the districts in abeyance or not hold the local body polls for the nine new districts.

The counsel for the state government had subsequently informed the court that it was willing to put on hold the polls in the nine districts and the process will continue in the local bodies of the other districts.

The top court’s order came on a a plea moved by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), seeking a direction to the state authorities to “carry out delimitation, reservation and rotation process and fulfil all other legal requirements before issuing any election notifications and conducting elections” for local bodies in the state.

Published on December 06, 2019
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