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DMK moves SC to stay local body polls

S.Murari

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear on Thursday a fresh plea of the DMK seeking a direction to the Election Commission to complete formalities such as delimitation of constituencies and reservation aspects before going ahead with the panchayat and local body election in Tamil Nadu.

A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde took note of the submissions of senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for the DMK, that the plea needed to be heard urgently as the poll panel has announced on Monday that elections to rural local bodies in Tamil Nadu will be held in two phases, on December 27 and 30. Filing of nominations for the elections is set to begin on Dec 6, the senior lawyer said, adding that the poll process had been set in motion "without concluding the legal formalities" with regard to delimitation exercise and reservation aspects in the upcoming elections.

"List it for hearing on Thursday," the bench, which also comprised Justice B R Gavai and Justice Surya Kant, said. The interlocutory petition was filed on an application on the main petition on which the apex court had ordered the state Election Commission to notify the polls before Dec 18.

Accordingly the State poll panel announced the poll schedule with a sting in the tail, it said the polls would be held only for rural local bodies and not for urban bodies. This is because the AIADMK is strong in rural and the DMK in urban areas.

Tjh State Election Commission had said polls be held for urban local bodies could not be held simultaneously for administrative reasons and they would be held by February next year.

The DMK's main objection was that that the AIADMK Government has announced the poll schedule before completing the delimitation of wards created in five districts in last one week. The AIADMK has contended that the DMK is raising frivolous legal objections to stall local body polls being held after a gap of three years as it is afraid of facing the people.