Andhra Pradesh HC gives the green signal for MPTC and ZPTC elections

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A departmental bench of the High Court, headed by Chief Justice Arup Kumar Goswami, comprised of Judge C. Praveen Kumar, paved the way for the April 8 MPTC and ZPTC elections by reviewing Judge U. Durga’s decision Prasad Rao overturned a statement from the Electoral Commission (SEC) dated April 1, 2008, to impose a respite on the state.

However, the court ordered the results to be retained until further orders.

Advocate General S. Sriram, who appeared for the government, said the state had struggled due to the MCC, which had been going on since January, as it was unable to submit the annual budget or fully administer a COVID vaccination.

He told the court that all the machinery for the elections was in place and that the state had not implemented any new policies regarding rural areas in the past three months.

None of the officers transferred by the SEC were pushed back. In fact, the customer center is still there and no political party has been given an advantage.

Representing the SEC, senior attorney CV Mohan Reddy said the single judge should not have maintained TDP’s written petition (WP) submitted by Varla Ramaiah, especially if his location had not been determined.

When the WP was refused on the grounds that it was a PIL, it should have been heard by a departmental bank under the rules of the written procedure, he claimed.

Senior attorney Vedula Venkataramana argued on behalf of the petitioner that the SEC violated the Supreme Court order in this election plan, but to no avail.

It should be noted that on April 1, Election Commissioner Nilam Sawhney published the notice to resume the process of MPTC and ZPTC elections from the time he was exercising his powers on March 15, 2020 due to COVID stopped under Article 243 -K of the Constitution and Sections 151 (1) and 179 (1) of the AP Panchayat Raj Act, 1994.

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