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Delhi High Court refuses to stay MCD polls scheduled for December 4

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The Delhi High Court on Wednesday refused to stay the elections of Municipal Corporation in the national capital, scheduled to be held on December 4.

A Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma observed that the Notification for the polls has already been issued and they would not touch it.

Several petitions were filed against the delimitation of MCD wards as well as reservations. Though the High Court issued notice on the pleas, it refused to stay the elections.

The three Municipal Corporations in Delhi will go to elections on December 4, while counting will be held on December 7.

Earlier on October 28, the High Court had 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.

Advocate Salman Khurshid, appearing for Kumar, had 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 the 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 petitioner 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 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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