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Orissa HC rejects CMC mayor poll petition

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Jan 21:

The Orissa High Court today rejected the petition seeking annulment of State Election Commission’s (SEC) notification for holding election to the post of Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) mayor. With the court rejecting the petition, all hurdles in the way of  conduct of election to the CMC mayor post tomorrow have been removed.

The court had completed its hearing on a petition seeking conduct of election to the corporator post lying vacant in ward no. 21 of Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) prior to election of CMC mayor and had kept its verdict reserved.

Orissa High Court

A poll aspirant from ward no 21 of the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) Kanaklata Nayak, had petitioned the court on January 13 seeking annulment of the State Election Commission’s (SEC) notification for election of CMC mayor.

Ward no. 21 is a reserved seat for scheduled caste women candidate and not only that it is the only reserved seat for scheduled caste women candidate in the CMC under the Barabati-Cuttack Assembly constituency. With this seat remaining vacant holding election to elect CMC mayor will violate Odisha Municipal Corporation Act 2003, the petitioner had contended.

The petitioner had made the SEC, secretary to SEC, director of Municipal Administration and CMC commissioner as respondents in the case.

The court had served notices to state government and SEC on January 14.

It may be mentioned that a notification was issued by the SEC for holding election to CMC mayor post on January 22 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).