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Municipal Corporation elections: Delhi High Court issues notice on plea challenging delimitation order for wards

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The Delhi High Court on Friday issued notice on a petition filed by State President of Delhi Congress Chaudhary Anil Kumar regarding the delimitation order of wards issued by the AAP government in the national capital, just before the elections to Municipal Corporations.

Advocate Salman Khurshid, appearing for the Kumar, contended that following the delimitation, there was a dis-balance of population, with many wards reporting decrease in population, while others reported increase in the same. 

This violated the population equation in the wards, which should also have been taken care of while announcing delimitation, noted the Counsel.

He said the Congress also wanted MCD elections, but the same should be held in a fair and transparent manner. He further submitted before the High Court that the petition would become infructuous, if they notified the election.

The Counsel apprised the Court that they had filed a representation in this regard, but were not given an opportunity to be heard, adding that it was not mentioned what all prayers have been accepted and what have been denied.

The Bench issued notice on the petition and listed the matter for hearing on December 14.

The Delhi State Congress had challenged the delimitation made for MCD elections in Delhi, raising questions on ward delimitation before the MCD elections. 

The grand old party had contended that it had opposed from day one, the way in which this delimitation has been done in violation of the rules. It further alleged that this was done to benefit a particular party, while putting a particular community at disadvantage.

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