The Nainital High Court has directed the state government to submit a reply in four weeks, while not giving relief to the candidates c–ontesting the field panchayat member and district panchayat member in Uttarakhand’s three-tier panchayat elections.
A division bench of Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice Alok Kumar Verma heard the petition filed by Mohan Singh Mehra and others on Wednesday. The petitioners said that the Panchayat Raj Act, 2016 has been amended by the government to ban the election of more than two children in the three-tier panchayat elections. The government has issued a notification to this effect on July 25, 2019.
The petitioners also demanded immediate relief on the posts of Kshetra Panchayat member and Zilla Panchayat member but the court has not given immediate relief. The court has said that the election process has started, although the case has been accepted for hearing and has instructed the government to respond in four weeks. Thousands of people have filed nomination papers to contest these positions. Tuesday was the last date for filing nomination papers.
It is noteworthy that the election process has started for more than seven thousand gram panchayats in Uttarakhand. Except Haridwar district, voting is to be held in three phases. On October 6, 11 and 16 in the remaining 12 districts. The counting of votes will take place on October 21.