Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Jan 14:
The Orissa High Court today served notices to state government and state election commission (SEC) while hearing a petition filed by a poll aspirant from Ward no 21 of the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) seeking annulment of the poll body’s notification for election of Mayor.
Though the court did not pass any interim order, it posted the next hearing for coming Wednesday (Jan 20).
In a petition filed before the High Court, an aspiring corporator candidate from Ward no. 21, the now lying vacant seat, had moved the court seeking annulment of the SEC’s notification for election of CMC Mayor.
The petitioner, Kanaklata Nayak, made the SEC, secretary to SEC, director of Municipal Administration and CMC commissioner as respondents in the case.
Notably, the ward is the lone reserved seat for scheduled caste women candidate under CMC and Barabati-Cuttack Assembly segment. With this seat lying vacant, holding poll to elect CMC Mayor will violate Odisha Municipal Corporation Act 2003, the petitioner had contended.
In view of the above, the petitioner had prayed for scraping the notification issued on January 8 for election of CMC Mayor scheduled to be held on January 22.
It may be mentioned that a notification was issued following acceptance of former CMC Mayor Anita Behera’s resignation.
Behera had to tender resignation on December 29 after opposition parties targeted her for her name being included in the beneficiary list for subsidised food grains provided under National Food Security Act (NFSA).