- Civic body elections in Tripura are scheduled to be held on November 25; SC is hearing TMC’s petition alleging worsening law and order situation in the state
New Delhi: The Tripura government on Tuesday afternoon asked for more time to submit a report on security arrangements for the upcoming civic body elections on November 25.
The Supreme Court had asked the Tripura government what it was doing to ensure free and fair elections.
The Apex court was hearing a petition by the TMC moved on Monday regarding incidents of violence in Tripura and the worsening law and order situation in the state.
TMC chief Mamata Banerjee had on Monday claimed that Tripura CM Biplab Deb and his government were defying the SC directive and stopping parties from holding meetings and rallies ahead of the elections.
TMC urged the SC to consider rescheduling the elections.
Tripura government’s advocate Mahesh Jethmalani called it a politically contrived petition. “Today is the last day of campaigning. Suddenly, they come up with a string of incidents (of violence),” he said, adding, “The Supreme Court had asked us to file a compliance report and we were going to circulate it tomorrow.”
Failing to get a satisfactory reply to its question, the SC asked for details of security arrangements to be presented by 12.45 pm on Tuesday and adjourned the hearing until then.
When the hearing resumed, the state government sought more time to provide the report. Jethmalani said that a comprehensive report could be provided if they got time until 3.30 pm.
The SC accepted the request and allowed submission of a report by 3.30 pm.
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