The Rajasthan government has moved the high court seeking the postponement of the civic elections in the state. The government has sought the court’s intervention to postpone the civic elections till March 2021.
The civic elections were due in April this year, but were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The elections are to be held in the municipal corporations of Jaipur, Jaipur Heritage, Kota and Jodhpur.
After the postponement in April, the civic elections were supposed to be conducted in October. However, the state government has now moved a petition in which it has cited the pandemic as a reason for postponing the elections.
The Rajasthan government said that holding elections at a time when all the cities in which the elections are due are facing grave situation because of COVID-19 is risky. The state government has also sent a copy of the petition to the state election commission.
Elected bodies dissolved in 2019
The municipal corporations’ elected bodies were dissolved last year and the elections were to be held in 2019. But no dates were announced by the government after which a PIL was filed in the Rajasthan High Court. The Rajasthan High Court asked the government to hold elections within six months. The state government in March this year sought six weeks’ time till May 31 to hold the elections, which was granted by the court.
Rajasthan govt’s repeated requests
But even before May 31, the state government moved the court seeking permission to hold the election by August and it again further moved the high court citing coronavirus to hold the elections in October this year. Various political parties are resenting the change in the election dates. While the election for the panchayats are being held despite coronavirus, why the civic polls are being postponed. The state government on Saturday imposed Section 144 in the 11 districts of the state including Jaipur, Jodhpur and Kota where the elections are to be held.
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