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Congress: ULB boycott constitutional crisis

Party seeks Guv intervention to end impasse

Published: 20th August 2013 08:39 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th August 2013 08:39 AM   |  A+A-

The Congress has sought the intervention of Governor S C Jamir to resolve the constitutional crisis arising out of the decision taken by all political parties in three Western Odisha districts to boycott urban local body (ULB) polls demanding a permanent bench of the High Court.

 ‘’We request the Governor to intervene to resolve the crisis and the State Government to recommend to the Centre for permanent bench of the High Court in Western Odisha,’’ chairman of the OPCC media cell Narasingh Mishra told mediapersons here.

 Referring to the Pal Commission set up by the State Government to go into the demand of setting up a bench of the High Court in Western Odisha, Mishra demanded that the Commission should be closed. It was expected to submit report within six months, but it is there for the last six years, Mishra said.

 The Jaswant Singh Commission, set up by the Centre on the same issue, has already submitted its report and the report has been accepted.

 The Congress also requested the State Election Commission (SEC) to reconsider its announcement that the State Government can nominate if elections are not held in reserve wards in ULBs. Alleging that it was a misinterpretation of law, Mishra said there cannot be two laws for the general and reserve seats.

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