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HC orders ‘overdue’ BBMP polls

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CJ Oka calls for final ward reservations in a month, and BBMP elections (to existing 198 wards) within 6 weeks thereafter

CJ Oka says new govt law vis-a-vis BBMP is violative of Constitution

BENGALURU:

The much-awaited order on BBMP elections was pronounced on Friday when Karnataka High Court Chief Justice Abhay Sreenivas Oka directed the state government to conduct the overdue elections to the BBMP council within six weeks of the final ward reservations being notified.

In his order, Justice Oka said the government’s move not to hold BBMP elections was violative of Article 242 of the Constitution.

The judgement comes 10 days after the November 25 hearing, when Justice Oka had reserved orders while remarking on whether the government was aware that BBMP elections were overdue.

The Chief Justice directed the state government to publish the final ward reservations list within one month of Friday’s order of the HC, and also directed the State Election Commission to conduct the elections within six weeks of the final ward reservations notification.

Justice Oka said in his order: “The state government introduced the BBMP Act on October 3, which can be implemented for those corporations whose tenures are getting over after the day the Act was implemented. But BBMP’s tenure was completed on September 10 and hence the Act is against the Constitution’s Article 242. Hence I direct the state government to issue the ward reservations final notification and the State Election Commission to complete the election process within six weeks.”

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