Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Lok Satta to fight postponement of municipal elections

The Lok Satta Party will wage a legal battle against deferment of elections to local bodies, said party leaders Katari Srinivasa Rao and P.Bhaskara Rao today.

The Lok Satta leaders were commenting on Government plans to postpone municipal elections for the third time.

In a media statement, they pointed out that barring a few exceptions, officials are today running municipalities, zilla parishads and mandal parishads, instead of elected people’s representatives. This is contrary to the letter and spirit of the 73rd and 74th amendments to the Constitution. Even the Supreme Court in a 2002 verdict had faulted special officers’ rule in zilla and mandal parshads.

Fearing a rout, the Government trotted out technical excuses to defer local body elections, said the Lok Satta leaders.

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