Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar hails HC decision on BBMP elections

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On Friday, the Karnataka High Court ordered that the BBMP elections to 198 wards should be announced within six weeks.

 

Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar on Friday hailed an order by the High Court to hold the elections in the 198 wards of Bengaluru Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) within the next six weeks.

"In a democratic system, there should be periodic elections, but the BJP govt has tried to endanger democracy. However, the court has been quick the overturn its appeal," he said in a statement.

He further alleged that the BJP had tried to postpone the local body elections.

"When the announcement of the local body elections was made, I had insisted that the BBMP elections should also be held. It was necessary for our party to go to court again in order to hold the elections," he added.

He said the verdict upholds the basic aspirations of the democratic system.

On Friday, the Karnataka High Court ordered that the BBMP elections to 198 wards should be announced within six weeks.

The High Court directed the State Election Commission to notify the elections to the BBMP within six weeks from the date of final notification of ward-wise reservation, which the state government is now expected to do within a month.

Meanwhile, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister CN Ashwath Narayan on Friday said the state government would consider moving the Supreme Court against the High Court’s decision.

 

With inputs from Agency and media reports

Image credit: The Indian Express
 

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