Sat. Feb 24th, 2024

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday directed the Chandigarh administration to carry the mayoral polls on January 30.

A division bench of Justices Sudhir Singh and Harsh Bunger gave the course whereas listening to a petition by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councillor Kuldeep Kumar difficult an order of the Deputy Commissioner for suspending the election from January 18 to February 6.

Kumar had demanded that polls be held inside 24 hours and the appointment of a court docket commissioner to supervise the elections.

The court docket ordered that the councillors is not going to carry supporters, and safety of one other state and Chandigarh Police have been instructed to make sure their safety.

The judges stated the election will happen at 10 a.m. and the prescribed authority will nominate the presiding officer.

The BJP-ruled Chandigarh Municipal Corporation mayoral election was postponed on January 18 as presiding officer Anil Masih was unwell.

The administration had introduced the election to the posts of Mayor, Senior Deputy Mayor, and Deputy Mayor could be held on February 6.

High drama was witnessed earlier as councillors of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Congress, each of that are combating the polls collectively, registered their protest over the postponement of the polls on the final minute and lashed out on the BJP.

In a 35-member home of the Municipal Corporation, the BJP has 14 councillors, with one other vote of member of Parliament and ex-officio member Kirron Kher. The AAP has 13 councillors, whereas the Congress has seven. The Shiromani Akali Dal has one councillor within the House.

AAP has known as the mayoral election the “first fight of INDIA alliance against the BJP” and a “curtain raiser” for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

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