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Municipal poll issue reaches Apex Court

SHILLONG: The representation of PIL mover Pawan Sharma, who had submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister’s Office expressing his unhappiness over the state government’s inability to hold municipal polls, has been forwarded to the Supreme Court.
An acknowledgment note from the Ministry of Law and Justice said the representation of Sharma, which was forwarded from PMO, has been further forwarded to the Secretary General, the Supreme Court of India.
Earlier, Sharma had sought the intervention of the Prime Minister for the delay in holding municipal polls in the state.
Sharma, who had filed a PIL on the matter, said in his letter that there was undue delay in holding the civic polls.
The letter was also
addressed to the Chief Justice of India and the Union Minister in-charge Law. According to Sharma, part IX -A of the Constitution provides for elected civic body and since Meghalaya came into being in 1972, no election was held.
In the past, after he had approached the Gauhati High Court for appropriate relief by way of PIL, the court had ordered holding of election.
Later, the Meghalaya government had appealed to the Supreme Court.
However, the Apex Court on October 10, 1999, had directed the government to hold the polls within six months, but it was not followed up.
Later, the High Court of Meghalaya on April 11 last year directed the government to hold the polls expeditiously.

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