Unwilling to hold the civic polls, the Rajasthan government has moved the Supreme Court to defer the civic polls. The Ashok Gehlot government has moved a special leave petition (SLP) seeking a stay on the September 29 order of the Rajasthan High Court.
The Rajasthan High Court has ordered the state government to complete the task of elections in the six municipal corporations of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Kota by October 31.
The Rajasthan government has cited the coronavirus as the reason for deferring the elections. It pleaded that due to the coronavirus pandemic, there are hundreds of deaths taking place and it would not be safe to hold election in the interest of the people.
The state government has asked to postpone the election till March 31, 2021.
Rajasthan Congress getting ready for civil polls
Unmindful of the SLP in the apex court, the state election commission, which is an autonomous body, is going ahead with its plans to hold the elections.
The elections were postponed thrice because of the coronavirus pandemic and eventually, the high court ordered the process to be completed by October 31.
Not sure of what the outcome of the SLP would be, the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee has started the poll process by activating the district units of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Kota for the elections. Earlier the three cities, where the civic poll is going to be held, had one municipal corporation each. However, in a bid to render effective civic services and cater to the growing population, the area within each city was divided into two. Thus, these cities now have two municipal corporations each.
The elected bodies of these municipal corporations were dissolved last year on the completion of their five-year tenure.
Over 1.5 lakh cases of COVID-19 in Rajasthan
According to the health ministry, Rajasthan has reported over 1.5 lakh cases of COVID-19 and 1,590 people have succumbed to the virus till Thursday.
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